Basically stress is caused by our need to adapt to change. The change can be positive or negative. If we feel uncomfortable about any new situation, or challenge, then we begin to experience stress. It is not the circumstances themselves, but our attitude to them, which causes the symptoms. As soon as we are in a situation that we feel is potentially threatening then our ‘fight or flight’ response switches on. Our breathing rate and heart rate increases, muscles tense up, blood pressure rises and adrenaline and cortisol are released into the blood stream.
We are often told how stress is bad for us, and it is true that excessive stress has many negative effects, but if we
Decide on your short and long term goals.
Improve your physical health with sports or exercise, this releases stress and improves self esteem.
Manage your time effectively, get properly organised!
Eat a balanced diet; perhaps include a supplement of ‘B’ vitamins.
Avoid or cut down on stimulants like caffeine and nicotine.
Learn to be assertive, not aggressive.
Don’t take everything so personally.
Remember – everything you do does not need to be perfect, you are only human.
Communicate more clearly with others and yourself.