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April 2005

Stress management techniques

Peter Sachford, FP Health

Everyone knows that stress isn't good - that it can get on top of us and effect our wellbeing. What most people don't realise is that stress can effect much more than just our mood or mental state. Stress has been shown to have a detrimental effect on many parts of our body and indeed people's health in general.

Most people are so used to stress and tension in their lives that they do little or nothing about it until it begins to have major negative effects on them. Everyone suffers from stress - but it is important to sit up and take notice when that stress begins to effect you.

Stress has a negative effect on your mental processes, it can make you moody, anxious and unable to calmly cope with life. However stress effects all of your body. Stress can cause many afflictions such as high heart rate and blood pressure difficulties. These are two key indicators of stress being a problem so if you suffer from them then it is time to try to reduce the stress in your life. By acting early you can dramatically reduce your stress level and your improve your health.

If you're wondering about whether or not you should reduce stress in your daily life, the answer is probably yes. Even if you do not feel overly stressed out all that often, stress reduction will still improve your life. Since being too stressed can have major long term effects on your health, this is one case where you're probably better safe than sorry.

Reducing your stress is not difficult, a little time spent planning how to change your life can make a huge difference. A small effort will go a long way to making you feel better about yourself and others.

The first thing that you should do is to sit down and make a list of all the things that are causing you to be stressed out. It doesn't matter whether or not you think something should be stressful - write down anything that genuinely is stressful to you. Then, go through the list again and see which things you can eliminate from your life.

Obviously you wont be able to eliminate everything on your list from your life, there are some things like work that are simply necessary. But there will be lots of things on your list that you genuinely can address. Doing this, even with only a few of the things on your list, can make all the difference in your stress level.

Relaxation is something that you should add to your schedule on a regular basis. There are few things that reduce your overall stress level like a good time spent relaxing. Therefore, you should set aside a period everyday to relax - and make sure that it's actually scheduled, after all, you're doing it for your health.

Exercise is another excellent way to combat stress, it will make you feel better and more confident. It is particularly good because it will make you fitter also, so your health will benefit doubly.

If you start working on stress reduction, you should start seeing improvements in your health right away. Also, even if you are not noticing that your health is improving right away, you should still feel confident that it is - the more relaxed you are, the better you should feel. Start working on stress reduction today, and have a healthier life tomorrow!

Peter Sachford is the webmaster of FP Health which is a popular and extensive resource for health information.

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