Stress and Coping – Naturally Without Drugs

Dealing with Stress and Coping with Life
By T. S. Gill

When danger is near, stress is a natural occurrence. Often this can come from a source that is either internal or external. As we go through different stresses, the stress can become cumulative and coping with stress becomes even more difficult. Stress can bring along with it a variety of negative physical symptoms as well. However, this problem can be treated in a natural way without drugs. Here is a look at some excellent tips that can help you to cope with your stress levels and gain confidence.

Learn to Laugh

Yes, laughter is definitely important when it comes to coping with stress. You need to find various ways that you can add more laughter in your life on a regular basis. Laughter helps you to relax and relieves the anxiety that you are dealing with. Start telling jokes, read the comic section in the paper, watch sitcoms on television, or find some funny movies that you can enjoy.

Allow Yourself to Make Mistakes

You are going to make mistakes from time to time, but coping with stress is going to include you allowing yourself to make these mistakes. You are not perfect. Learn to accept the mistakes that you need, learn from them, and go on. Don’t dwell on them and allow them to bring you more anxiety.

Start Exercising More

Physical activity is one of the best tips for coping with stress that you can use. When you exercise, the body produces endorphins, which increase pleasure and naturally kill pain. This makes you feel great when you exercise. No, you don’t need to spend hours and hours at the gym to get this type of stress relief. A simple walk, playing with the kids, or other light exercise can give you the great results that you are wishing for.

Start Talking

Find someone that you can really talk to and start talking to them. Coping with stress is really tough to do on your own. Find a friend, a family member, or even a counselor that you can talk to and share the issues that you are going through. When you are able to shed some of the anxiety and burdens you are dealing with, it makes them easier for you to deal with.

Take Time to Play

Today we don’t spend enough time playing and stress just builds up over time. When you are trying to cope with stress, play can help you. Play with your pet, go out and play games with the kids, play with a friend, or even your spouse. When you play, the body naturally will lower those stress hormones in the body. You’ll enjoy yourself and it will naturally combat the stress that you are dealing with.

Dealing with your stress and coping with life’s other challenges is possible without having to resort to a life of prescription drugs. Use these natural tips for coping with stress and you’ll begin to see a difference. Implement them into your life on a daily basis and start reducing stress and anxiety and gaining more self-confidence in your life.

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Stress and Blood Pressure – There is a Strong Link

The Strong Link Between Stress And Blood Pressure
By Jane Peters

As you know, there is a direct connection between stress and blood pressure. A stressful lifestyle is generally accepted to be a major cause of hypertension and a host of other illnesses. In fact, people are often not very surprised when they learn that someone in a high-profile, high-stress job or business also suffers from high blood pressure. It is practically expected that he or she will have the condition.

Hypertension

Stress-induced hypertension can lead to cardiac problems which may compromise your health for the rest of your life.

Because of the demands of their business, many busy people don’t eat right or exercise. This results in unhealthy weight gain. When you add excessive levels of job related stress into the mix, you have a perfect recipe for several health problems. High blood pressure increases the load on vital organs of the body. Organs like the kidneys and the heart may become so overloaded that they no longer function properly.

Symptoms

While they are not definite indicators, some of the symptoms of high blood pressure include:

  • feelings of lethargy and low energy
  • increased frequency of urination
  • severe headaches
  • giddiness
  • nausea

Avoiding Hypertension

What can someone in a high-stress occupation do to avoid hypertension? It may not always be possible to avoid stressful situations, but you can take steps to minimize the impact. Ask yourself, have you created a work environment where you are thought to be indispensable in your job? Do you or others feel that work will never get done without your direct presence and intervention?

That sort of environment can generate plenty of stress and send your blood pressure levels dangerously high.

Acknowledge that no one is indispensable and that life and business will go on without you. In any case, you will serve your work and your family better if you don’t drive stress levels high for yourself or others. Often, it is a matter of defining your priorities. Give some serious thought to what is really important to you. Not what you think others expect of you. If what you have is out of alignment with what you want, start to make changes:

  • If you think you are overloaded at work, ask that some of your duties be given to others in your office
  • Consult your doctor about the ideal weight for you and if necessary, begin a weight reduction program under his supervision
  • Find out from your doctor what exercise program will suit you best. Make a commitment to exercise regularly and do it
  • If your doctor recommends dietary changes such as limiting salt intake to reduce the risk of hypertension, stick to it

Meditation

Many people claim that regular meditation can help lower blood pressure. Even five to ten minutes a day can help. You need not do any esoteric tricks to get the benefits of meditation. Keep it simple. Sit in a comfortable position, relax your body and mind and quiet your thoughts as much as possible. If you prefer, quietly watch your breath flow in and out, without attempting to control it in any way.

Don’t get worked up about the fact that you can’t relax completely or reach perfect stillness of mind. That’s really not required in any case.

The lesson here is that a series of small changes will add up to a major difference in your state of health. Do what is necessary to limit both stress and blood pressure to manageable levels.

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Stop Stress Eating! You Know you Should

How to Stop Stress Eating

By Sam Stieler

Admit Your Problem

The first step to stop stress eating is to be aware that you have a problem. Before you go to open the refrigerator door, ask yourself if you are actually hungry, or if you are just upset about something. If you’re actually hungry and it’s a set meal time, then go for it. If you’re just eating because you are bored or stressed, then walk away from the kitchen. While it can be hard to just walk away, kicking the habit is easier if you replace it with other, healthier, stress busting activities.

Instead of Eating, Try Exercise

One of the best relaxing activities that will keep you from stress eating is going for a walk. Walking is a great activity that often takes your mind off of whatever stressed you out in the first place, and is a relaxing activity in its own right. Getting some fresh air and being physically active are great ways to work away some of your pent up frustration. Often we feel stressed out when we feel cornered, and the act of wandering about without restriction often relieves those entrapped feelings. Furthermore, by going for a walk you physically separate yourself from the food you would have eaten, which has significant psychological and practical benefits when trying to stop eating. Just make sure you don’t end up walking to a corner store to pick up some chips!

If just going for a walk won’t do it for you, consider going for a run, or going to the gym. Once again these activities have the benefit of physically removing yourself from both the stressor and your food, while also being powerful stress busters themselves. Exercise is one of the top ways to relieve stress in both the short and long term. In the short term, vigorous exercise is a great way to physically work out frustrations and distress, while also providing an intense stimulus to redirect your focus to. In the long term, a healthy body is less likely to hold and create tension, reducing the chances of your frustrations getting out of control. Finally, regular exercise tends to produce the feeling that you are a healthy person, decreasing the chances that you will continue to let yourself binge on junk food whenever you feel stressed out.

Entertain Yourself

Distracting yourself with a good book, movie or TV show is another good method. While a lot of people absentmindedly eat when they watch TV or a movie, a good piece of media will be engrossing enough to take you away from the urge to consume.

In general, any activity you find relaxing that doesn’t involve eating should be able to help you stop stress eating. Ultimately, we emotionally eat for the feeling it produces and not for the food itself. By creating that positive feeling in a healthier way, you stop the stress eating habit. Some relaxation ideas include performing some deep breathing exercises, meditation, taking a long bath or shower, spending time with friends or taking a quick nap. By being aware of your negative behavior and by substituting it with a healthy habit, you’ll be much more likely to make the changes you want.

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How Stress Affects Your Body

This video, How stress affects your body, is less than five minutes long but offers a wealth of information about stress. It has almost a million views on Youtube so you might have seen it already. If not, you are in for a treat.

If the narraration of this video was written in a post it would be difficult to read and understand. But the spoken word is often much easier to understand and, when accompanied by excellent animation, even entertaining.

Watch and see if you agree.

Effectively Managing Stress – Tips That Will Work

It seems like businesses nowadays are always looking to lay off their employees while holding on to as much of their profits as possible. That makes holding down a job these days is difficult. If you feel stressed at work or in other situations, tend to the issue immediately. The tips to follow contain ideas that will help you start effectively managing stress instead of stress managing you.

Begin Effectively Managing Stress by Changing how you deal with it

If you handle stress in unhealthy ways, find more productive ways to start effectively managing stress. If you drink or eat too much when stressed take up exercise. When you replace a bad habit with a good one and stay healthy, you will see that the stress in your every day life is significantly lowered.

  • If you want to relieve stress, consider participating in crafts projects. By using your creativity, you will allow your mind to free itself of things such as deadlines.
  • Try to make your plans in advance so that you can reduce some stress in your life. If your vehicle is low on gas, go ahead and fill up now rather than waiting until it’s empty.
  • Slow, deep breathing is a fast, effective way to immediately reduce your stress. When you start feeling overwhelmed or anxious, studies have proven that by breathing deeply, you can start to feel better.
  • Give yoga a try if you desire a really good method for handling stress. The point of yoga is to get your body and mind into a relaxed state. When you are doing yoga, you are thinking only of the movement involved. Yoga also helps to ease tension in your muscles. Your entire body and mind benefit greatly from all that yoga offers, and in the process your stress is minimized or even eliminated.
  • When you feel stressed or tense, firmly squeeze a stress ball. If you squeeze your hand in a fist and release it you can get rid of some of the body’s stress. This allows your muscles to unwind. Stress balls are easy to carry with you, and that’s one of the reasons they’re so effective when you have to handle frustration.
  • Drinking lots of water during the way will keep you satiated, eliminate harmful toxins from your body, and allow you to concentrate better during difficult times. This causes you to become less stressed. Drinking at least a liter every day is a good idea to keep your body hydrated and ward off stress.

Breathing Techniques

Practice breathing techniques that will help you relax and eliminate anxiety. An occasional breath that is deep and gradual can have a relaxing effect. Work on proper breathing techniques and watch your breathing during the day. If you find yourself breathing shallowly, slow down and take deep breaths to reduce your stress. Take a deep breath.

In conclusion, no one wants to have stress in their lives, be in their professional or personal life. At work or anywhere else in your life, stress can make it hard to function and lead to more serious problems. Take the advice you’ve learned here and put it into practice to battle your stress successfully!

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Disturbed Sleep: The Most Common Causes

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As anyone who has ever suffered insomnia knows, getting up after a disturbed sleep is very much like getting up with a hangover. You feel drained, out of sorts, and probably with a headache as well.

This happens to more of us than you might think. Some recent sleep research studies indicate that as many as a third of US adults report experience disturbed sleep episodes more than one night per week. These problems with getting enough sleep can easily lead to other health problems like high blood pressure and worsening depression.

Of course there are many, many reasons why we deal with disturbed sleep. Listed here are several that might be robbing you of your good night’s rest.

  • STRESS No surprise here, especially since a majority of US adults report feeling high or moderate stress within the last thirty days.
    It isn’t realistic to think stress can be entirely eliminated but it is possible to learn to turn off the worry and racing thoughts when it is time for bed. Techniques such as meditation, bio-feedback, and quiet music can help.
  • DEPRESSION Insomniacs have ten times the risk for depression than those who get enough sleep. On the other hand, folks who suffer from depression also struggle with insomnia. Often it difficult to tell which condition came first.
    Making things worse is a commonly prescribed class of medications used to treat depression called “selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors” can often times exacerbate certain sleep disorders. If you are being treated for depression and are also having trouble sleeping it is important to have a conversation with your doctor about the possible side effects of that medication.
  • CAFFEINE Though this might seem self evident, caffeine will remain in the bloodstream for a much longer than you might realize. And although it depends a lot on a person’s metabolism, it can take as long as 14 hours for the body to get rid of just half of the caffeine you consume. If you do the math, this means that half the caffeine you drank at 8:00AM is still with you at 10:00PM that night.
    And don’t forget that tea and coffee are not the only caffeine loaded foods. Both Chocolate and soft drinks are loaded with caffeine as well.
    If caffeine is a normal part of your routine, and you are having trouble sleeping, cut out everything with caffeine from your diet and see if your sleep patterns improve.
  • ALCOHOL Many of us will have a drink or two to unwind after a difficult day in the belief that it will help us sleep. And, of course, it does because alcohol does induce sleep.
    But alcohol negatively impacts sleep in a number of ways. It reduces REM sleep and increases non-REM sleep which is a much lighter sleep. As the body metabolizes the alcohol as the night wears on, sleep is much shallower and easily interrupted.
    As with caffeine, the suggestion is to stop drinking until any sleep problems are alleviated.

Although some disturbed sleep disorders are indications of more serious conditions, the majority are simply reactions to actions we take during the day. For most of us just a few minor changes in lifestyle is all it takes to restore good sleeping habits.

But, if you have made an honest effort and are still having problems with sleep, then by all means speak with your doctor about what else might be causing your  problems with disturbed sleep.