Stress is a common phenomenon that we constantly face in our life. It can be caused by various triggers such as a challenging project at work, difficult customers, colleagues with strong personalities, a broken relationship, a traumatic loss, or other situations.
Different kinds of stress impact our lives in different ways. Sometimes stress is helpful to give us a little bit push to get things done. However, having stress most of time is harmful to a person's health. Emotional stress brings physical ailments such as upset stomach, headache, sleep disorder, fatigue, muscle pain and even a disfunctional immune system.
People who suffer from severe stress might suffer from a variety of cognitive symptoms including poor memory, limited attention span, short temper, and irrational thinking.
The American Psychology Association provides some practical tips for stress management which are summarized as follows:
Find out the triggers that cause stressful feelings. Are they from family, finances, work, health or a relationship?
When you are stressed, do you have physical, cognitive or emotional symptoms? Do you experience fatigue, anger, short memory and attention?
People are tempted to deal with stress in an unhealthy manner through excessive drinking, smoking or eating. Some healthy stress-reduction activities include having a balanced diet, modest sleep and exercise, reading a good book or listening to your favorite music, and taking regular vacations or breaks from work.
Talking things through with supportive friends or family helps manage stress in a positive way.
There are many excellent web resources available to you.
Santa Clara County District has a variety of resources on the topic of stress management.
There is a good article available about stress management which is available in A.D.A.M Health Library.
Recommended titles include:
Is Work Killing You? A Doctor's Prescription for Treating Workplace Stress