Stress Relief Tips

Being in control of your life and having realistic expectations about your day-to-day challenges are the keys to stress management, which is perhaps the most important ingredient to living a happy, healthy and rewarding life.
                                                                                                                                  Marilu Henner
 

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Did you know that, according to the American Psychological Association, 77% of people experiencing stress regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress? In addition, 73% regularly experience psychological symptoms caused by stress. In fact, you could very well be a victim of stress without even being conscious of it. During tough times of juggling school, work, personal lives, relationships, family and friends, and a social life do you ever tend to come down with some sort of sickness? Ever feel tired for no apparent reason? Could you be stressed? Well, how about this: of the 77% of people who reported having physical symptoms caused by stress experienced fatigue, headache, upset stomach, muscle tension, change in appetite, teeth grinding, change in sex drive, and feeling dizzy. If any of these things sound familiar and have happened to you regularly, then you may be a victim of stress. So, how do you decrease the risk of stress in uncontrollable situations, like college?

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We must remember that stress can’t always be controlled, but we can find ways to manage stress so that it doesn’t destroy us. The following are basic stress management techniques you can use for reducing the level of stress:

  • Keep a positive attitude and encourage yourself
  • When dealing with stressful situations take a few seconds or minutes to calm yourself (take a walk, deep breaths, meditate, ect.)
  •  Manage your time wisely, so that you don’t become overwhelmed
  • Take a few minutes a day to reflect, relax, and sit quietly
  • Try to exercise regularly at least two to three times a week
  • Eat healthy
  • Be sure to get the proper 8-9 hours of sleep
  • Don’t isolate yourself; keep positive people in your life

Stress is not a joke. Stress is an illness that leads to a disease called depression. Depression is the strongest risk factor for suicide. According to the Center for Disease Control, an average of one person dies by suicide every 16.2 minutes. Stress is not a joke people. If you are a victim of stress then you are not alone. Stress is natural, but what is not natural is letting it take over your life. If you are a victim of stress, here is a list of phone numbers you can call to seek professional help:

US Suicide Hotline 1-800-784-2433

NDMDA Depression Hotline: Support Group 800-826-3632

Suicide Prevention Services Crisis Hotline: 1-800-784-2433

Suicide Prevention Services Depression Hotline: 1-630-482-9696

Suicide & Depression Hotline – Covenant House 800-999-9999

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4 thoughts on “Stress Relief Tips

  1. This is such an important topic that always seems to be ignored. Stress is a hard thing to deal with, but there are PLENTY of ways to over come it. I really enjoyed this post because it was very informational. If people could re-blog this, then many lives would be saved. Wonderful post!!

    1. I totally agree! The most valuable topics to speak on are the most uncomfortable ones. Stress/depression should not be ignored! It is a true killer! And it is so easy to fall astray when you are experiencing hardships. If I ruled the world (LOL) it would be required of all people to take a stress relief course monthly for personal, societal, health, and emotional sake.

      Thanks for your comment!

  2. I really like your post. Between everything life is pretty stressful.
    I am definitely going to use your tips! Just keeping a positive attitude can’t help so much, yet it seems like such a simple solution. Most people I don’t think, think to change their attitudes when stressed out.

    1. Right! Everyone should meditate or come up with personal stress relief techniques. Stress is perfectly normal. No one is perfect, everyone goes through hardships and no one’s struggle is greater than the next person’s, because each individual handles situations differently. Everyone isn’t strong mentally. Something that seems so small to one person may be a tragedy to the next. Life is not all peaches and cream, but one thing is for certain: we can make life’s journey much smoother by grabbing a hold of stress/depression!

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