backaches, or insomnia. While it is impossible to live completely free of stress anddistress, it is possible to prevent some distress as well as to minimize its impactwhen it can't be avoided.
Stress Symptoms and Causes
How you react to a given situation depends on your personality, your skills, your knowledge, your attitudes, your experience, your motivation… in other words on
It is not just negative things that cause stress; positive things can cause stress too.Consider the following situations:1. Getting married2. The birth of a child3. Christmas time4. A holiday abroadThese are generally regarded as
Now consider the following situations:1. First day in a new job2. Stuck in traffic jam on way to the office3. Being given several tight task deadlines4. Having a disagreement with your bossThese are generally regarded as potentially
The point is that some people perceive the situations set out above as challengingand full of opportunity and potential for enjoyment or relaxation: other people will seethem all as very stressful and have feelings of being unable to cope. It is thisseemingly intangible nature of stress that can sometimes make it so difficult torecognise and deal with. So it is important for you to find out more about your ownstress symptoms and causes and then take positive action to establish an optimalpersonal stress level for better health and well being.
When stress does occur, it is important to recognize and deal with it. Here are somesuggestions for ways to handle stress. As you begin to understand more about howstress affects you as an individual, you will come up with your own ideas of helpingto ease the tensions.
Try physical activity.
When you are nervous, angry, or upset, release the pressurethrough exercise or physical activity. Running, walking, playing tennis, or working in