Reducing Stress

By Hans Diehl, M.D.

There are many things you can do to prevent stress from taking its toll. Regular exercise, a healthful diet, and stable life anchors all play a part in combating the effects of physical and emotional stress.

Overcoming Stress?

Too much stress is a very real problem in our society. Learning to deal with stress has become an important health issue since studies began linking stress to a host of physical ailments. In most cases, running away from stress is not the answer. We must develop positive methods of preventing stress and coping with it.

Handling Overload?

Sometimes it's possible to feel emotionally stressed without knowing why. When that happens, it is helpful to make a list of things that may be bothering you. Getting the sources of our stress onto paper allows you to focus and to take action. Instead of escaping into overeating, overdrinking, or some time-wasting activities, you can identify the source of the problem and work towards a solution.

What Can You Do?

Read these symptoms of stress and check the ones that apply to you. Which symptom do you suffer from? Try to identify the cause of the symptom (i.e., the stressors). Then list your stressors on a separate piece of paper.

Symptoms of Stress

1. Increased irritability or impatience?

2.Change in sleep patterns?

3. Changes in appetite?

4. An increase in health problems?

5. Difficulty in concentrating?

6. Lack of energy?

7. Lack of interest in things you used to enjoy?

8. A sense of being "cut-off" or isolated?

9. A feeling of being "out-of-control"?

10. Thoughts of suicide?

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