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Diseases Related to Stress

Stress is your body's response to pressure, strain, and threats. It can be pleasant and productive (falling in love or winning a contest) or unpleasant and harmful. Some common sources of stress are major life changes such as loss of a loved one or starting a new job, illness, injury, fear, anger, pressure from yourself or others, noise, and pollution.

Diseases

  • Skin disorders
  • Alcoholism
  • Allergies
  • Asthma
  • Colitis
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Enteritis
  • Gout
  • Headaches--tension, migrane
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Hypertension
  • Ulcers
  • Cancer
  • Nervous breakdown
  • Psychosis
  • Neurosis

Symptoms of Too Much Stress

  • headaches
  • tense muscles
  • irritability
  • quick or shallow breathing
  • loss of appetite
  • overeating
  • sleep and digestive disorders
  • always rushing
  • lack of motivation
  • inability to relax and enjoy yoursel

Ways to Handle Stress in the Long Run

  •  Exercise regularly and get as much sleep as you need.
  • Learn a relaxation technique like meditation, biofeedback, or deep breathing.
  • Develop a hobby or activity you enjoy.
  • Find a favorite place to escape (a cabin in the woods, a sandy beach, maybe just a room in your house where you can lock the door and not be disturbed).
  • Schedule regular times for relaxation and fun.
  • Schedule regular times for relaxation and fun.
  • Find people to talk with about things that bother you.
  • Reduce or eliminate the use of tobacco, caffeine, alcohol, sugar, and salt.
  • When possible, try to eliminate the source of your stress or change your attitude toward it.
  • Go easy on yourself. Try not to be too self-critical. 

Ways to Handle Stress Head On

  • Practice deep breathing in tight situations.
  • Close your eyes, relax, and visualize yourself in a pleasant situation.
  • Take a break, get a bit of exercise or some fresh air.
  • Ask yourself how important is the situation which is causing you stress. If someone has been rude to you, for example, does it really matter? Can you decide not to let it bother you?
  • If the problem is important, confront it directly whenever possible, especially if it is likely to recur.
  • If you can't confront the problem directly. talk it out with a sympathetic listener. Or write it out in a journal or in an angry letter that you will throw away later.
  • Work off steam--take a fast walk, smash a pillow, lift weights, find a place to yell or cry.

Do Something. Don't Let it Fester Inside

DON'T use alcohol or other things (they don't help), and don't worry about how your stress level compares with others.


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