Stress. We all have it. We all deal with it on a daily basis. While some level of stress can be good for us, excess stress, or stress that results in physical or mental health symptoms, should be managed to avoid negative health outcomes.
The best way to know whether the level of stress you are experiencing is OK, or is excessive and possibly harmful, is to pay close attention to your body and mind.
Are you experiencing signs of “fight or flight” such as elevated heart rate, rapid breathing, or changes in vision? Do you have otherwise unexplained physical symptoms like:
Or, are you aware of signs of mental distress such as:
One of your best tools for managing excess stress is to practice good time management. Lack of time, running out of time and being “up against the clock” are all sources of stress that you can have some control over.
According to the Stress Management Society, “Time management helps you to reduce long-term stress by giving you direction when you have too much work to do.” Sounds good, right? But, how, exactly, do you manage your time when you only have 24 hours in a day, and it feels like you have 28 hours’ worth of things to do?
Being overwhelmed is the enemy of time management and the best friend of stress, so let’s get you organized.
While there is no way to eliminate stress in our lives, we can learn to manage excess stress with a few simple techniques. Now take a deep breath…and go for a walk.
This article does not constitute medical advice. You should always seek the advice of your qualified heath care professionals with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your individual needs and any medical conditions.