How to Manage Stress

By: Michael Lam, MD, MPH


How to manage stress is a question we all must ask ourselvesIt is critical to know the different types of stress and how to avoid them. Chronic stress is a serious issue that can have extreme adverse effects on ones health and mental well being. Acute stress can even lead to high blood pressure, cardiac problems and death. Since the body generates stress as a reaction to threatening situations it is important to try to avoid them at all costs. This is especially true if you are already prone to stress.

There are some very effective stress management techniques that can help reduce the symptoms and ultimately the stress as well. Stress management can be any number of methods from meditation to exercise. When stress comes it comes suddenly and without warning. It can be very intense as well.

Normal people do not respond in as critical of a manner as stress prone individuals tend to react to it. Those who suffer from chronic stress can actually cause a wide variety of health problems. Even some common illnesses come from acute stress. It accumulates in some people who do not have effective management techniques to deal with it, and it will continue to multiply.

There are quite a few things people do to relieve stress. It really all depends on what will work for you. Some people are relaxed by a candlelight bubble bath, music or just taking some alone time. Others may need to meditate, turn to spiritual outlets, have counseling or enter a support group. Pets have been known stress relievers for many people as well. Once you find an outlet that works for you it is important to be vigilante.

It is never recommended to use negative stress relievers like impulse shopping, drinking, using drugs or entertaining other high risk behaviors. Overeating or not easting are things that can be brought on by stress and should be avoided. Comfort eating is a high risk behavior that many who suffer from chronic stress will face. This can lead to obesity and health problems.

Benefits of How to Manage Stress

Learning how to manage stress is a vital process that anyone who deals with the acute stress must learn. Educating yourself on how to deal with stress and how to manage it when it can not be avoided is the best thing that you will ever do to improve both your quality of life, and it will help you to live more stress free than you ever thought possible.

 
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How to manage stress is a question we all must ask ourselves




3 Comments

  • Lark Behom says:

    can stress effect you if you take it in a good way ? Like if an assignment stress you out but you take it as a learning process ? Does it still effect you the same way ?

    • Dr.Lam says:

      Stress is certainly a necessary component of peak living and survival at the same time. The body, however, sometimes differentiate between good stress and bad stress, as the chemical released are same. so good stress, in excess, can trigger AFS.

      Dr Lam

  • Klien Martin Henry says:

    what if you have a life stressor that only come around once in a while but is a major issue ?