What is Stress - Good and Bad Stress

How do we know how much stress is good for us? We need a certain amount of it to get up in the morning. Stress can keep us on our toes and vigilant. It can protect us from danger. It can inspire us to work efficiently and productively.

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How Much Stress is Too Much Stress?

Too much stress is when you find yourself tense and uncomfortable tired and perhaps worried. You probably don't want to get up in the morning and you possibly don't sleep well. Your work will actually become inefficient and unsatisfactory.

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Imagine You Were Stress Free All of the Time

Imagine you were stress free all of the time. What would that achieve for you? Be careful what you wish for though. If you were crossing the road in traffic and a speeding car approached what would happen if you didn’t experience the stress response? Perhaps it would be better to be less stressed more of the time!

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What Causes Stress?

Is stress all in the mind? The simple answer is No. Although stress can be caused by emotional triggers such as worrying about coping, the symptoms of stress are often very physical and very real.

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Coping With Stress - Everyone's Stress Is Different.

Because everyone becomes stressed for different reasons and experiences stress differently, surely the answers will be different for each person. What could the answers be for you?

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Stress Management in the Workplace and at Home

We take home stress to work and workplace stress home with us. The two are often not unique. We can learn highly effective stress-management techniques and exercises to cope with both but we must keep being honest with ourselves and trusting others. When was the last time someone told you that you were stressed? How did you react?

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Workplace Stress and Absence

Stress is probably the main cause of sickness absence from work. It could be a migraine or bad back. On the other hand, it could be because of an accident caused by not being able to concentrate. Stress may start with a damaging thought or feeling but that headache/ stomach ache is not in your mind is it?

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Long Term Stress

If you suffer from long term stress, amongst other things, your immune system will be seriously low and so of course you will catch that bug going around at work. Your blood pressure may also be raised and you probably will have worrying thoughts which can lead to headaches and migraines. Need I go on!

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What is Stress?

Stress occurs when an individual perceives that the demands of an external situation are beyond his or her perceived ability to cope with them. Lazarus 1966

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In Other Words....

Just what is round the corner - or maybe you know what's round the corner and you're not sure how you will cope with it. Perhaps you didn't cope well with it last time and that leads you to doubt yourself or worry.

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Stress as a Verb - Being Stressed

Imagine if stress was something that we did rather than something we have. Funnily enough, that's exactly what it is. We are doing it to ourselves even if it's automatic and we're not aware of it. Pretend for a moment that stress is just our body's way of telling us to slow down or to change something.

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The Stress Response - Fight or Flight

When our body is stressed, it is telling us that it wants to fight or run away from danger, just like in the old days when an encounter with a wild animal was a daily occurrence. Nowadays, in the domestic or workplace situation, this is completely unnecessary and, indeed, inappropriate. You need to develop a relaxation response!

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The Relaxation Response - Learn To Relax

You can learn how to relax at will. It will take time and effort but the rewards will be rich. Relaxation exercises can encourage lowered blood pressure, slower breathing, clearer mind and many physical benefits.

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Am I Stressed? - The Signs of Stress

Stress can result in many signs headaches, stomach complaints, dizziness, irritability, insomnia, raised blood pressure and many more things. It will be different for everyone. It can also result in denial of the obvious! How do you experience stress?

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Stress Can Affect Your Lifestyle - 2 + 2 does not equal 5!

When we are under stress we tend to lose our appetite and so when we get away from the stress it returns and we eat. Often inappropriate food and too much of it. This can result in comfort eating. We feel comfortable because we are away from the stressful situation but our brains put 2 and 2 together and get 5. The food comforts us. The same thing happens with smoking.

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Stress Can Be Caused by Nice Things - Holiday Stress

Stress isn't always caused by unpleasant things. Think about holiday stress, wedding stress, Christmas stress, even 'not having anything to be stressed about' stress!

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Ways To Beat Stress - What Can I do?

Ways to beat Stress 1. Exercise Exercise burns off the exercise energy left over from the stress response. It combats many of the physical and emotional symptoms of stress and can make you feel better about yourself.

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So Why Is It So Difficult?

Because stress is not a passive thing. Remember, it is something you are doing. It takes up a lot of energy and, quite frankly, leaves you feeling exhausted. Just when you really need to exercise to feel better, you are too tired to.

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Stress Reduction - It Really Is Worth The Effort?

No-one ever came back from running or swimming saying 'I wish I hadn't done that it was horrible.' If you're feeling stressed and not sure whether to exercise or not then simply remind yourself of how you are going to feel afterwards. These are the moments when you start to change what you do.

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Ways To Beat Stress - Time Management

2. Time Management Time management allows you to plan and organise your life so as to give yourself more space and opportunity. It involves planning, delegating, making goals and not wasting time doing unnecessary things or worrying about things you can do nothing about.

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Make a List of Long and Short Term Goals

Goals can be long or short term. Why not do both? List the different areas of your life, for instance, work and home and then break them down into smaller categories. Make a list of a few things you would like to get done in the next week for each category. Then make a list of things you would like to do in the next year or so.

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What Shall I do With The Lists?

Why don't you take a few minutes relaxation time and sit down with your lists and start to use your imagination. Practice imagining what it will be like to have achieved all of those goals, short and long term. Try and picture yourself after you have achieved them. Maybe you look different, feel different or even sound different.

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Motivation

When you have set goals and outcomes for the future, you will find your motivation naturally increases. At this point the organisational side will, to a large extent, take care of itself. It's funny how, if you're convinced you're going to do something, time can be very accommodating.

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Ways To Beat Stress - Relaxation

3. Relaxation When was the last time you really relaxed? And that doesn't mean lying on the sofa with a T.V. dinner and a bottle of wine! What would happen if you made relaxation a part of your daily routine? Do you think it will be easy or will you need to practice? Do you think it will be worth the practice once it becomes a habit?

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Guided Relaxation and Visualisation Techniques

These can be learned easily and are very effective. If its convenient and safe to do it now then close your eyes and take a couple of deep breaths. Take yourself to a relaxing place in your mind and spend a minute or two there. If you feel resistance or interference from outside distractions or thoughts then take yourself further into that place.

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Stress Reduction Methods and Exercise

Create some distance from the stressor. Walk away and find a quiet place even if that's sitting in your car or a bathroom. Take a couple of deeper breaths and imagine yourself far away. See the stressor for what it is. See it small and manageable and notice how much calmer you feel much more able to do what needs to be done.

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Meditation Methods and Meditation Techniques

Learning how to meditate can bring an abundance of calm and relaxation into your life. The methods and techniques take practice and patience - but then, it took you a long time to learn how to be truly stressed and look how good you are at it now!

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Breathing and Relaxation

When we are born we breathe properly. As we get older we learn to breathe in a more stressful way. When you breathe in, your stomach should move out as your diaphragm expands. If this doesn't happen then try learning a new breathing technique.
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Relaxation Exercises - Progressive Muscle Relaxation

Find somewhere comfortable to sit or lie and try this popular relaxation technique. Carefully tense the muscles of your feet and toes, hold onto the tension for a couple of moments and then release the muscles, breathing out slowly. Do this for all main muscle groups and then spend a minute or two enjoying the physical feelings of relaxation. If you have had any muscular or skeletal injuries/ accidents, check with a doctor before using these kinds of techniques.
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Relaxation Therapy

Other methods and therapies include; reiki, floatation tanks, various forms of massage. Do your research, maybe visit a local clinic or floatation centre and find the treatment most suitable for you.

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Ways To Beat Stress - Problem Solving

4. Problem Solving Problem Solving helps you to define what the problems actually are. It helps you divide the problems into smaller, and therefore more manageable parts. You can then look for solutions, options and ways forward - in other words, alternatives to stress. How does that sound?

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Have a Plan To Beat Stress - Solving the 'where next?' Problem

Knowing where you are and where you are going will help combat stress. Have you ever noticed how driven people suffer less stress. It's as if they've already overcome certain worries and uncertainties.

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Overvcoming Stress - Make a List

The first thing to remember with problem-solving is that you need to recognise the signs that there is or could be a problem. As soon as you notice a feeling of stress, make a list. Write down everything that is bothering you. The list won't be as large as the feeling of stress within you.

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Overcoming Stress - Speak to Someone

Alternatively, speak to a friend or colleague. It has the same effect. When you address the problems, they won't seem nearly as large.

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Act on the Problem - You'll be Glad that You Did

Act as soon as you notice or identify the problem. The relief will be instant and problems seem to grow in intensity if they are not dealt with. It's as if they start to shout louder, the more they are ignored.

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You Do Have Choices

It's important to realise you have choices. Sometimes you don't have time to write a list and need to make a quick decision. Even in the most difficult of situations, start to maybe ask yourself, 'What choices do I have here?' Perhaps, make that your motto. By the way, what is your personal motto at the moment?

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Problem Solving for the Future

Problem solving doesn't have to be just about current problems or problems as they occur. You can also plan for times of stress. Know when the stressors (e.g. Aunt Hilda) are going to be about and prepare for them. Get yourself in good shape. How are you going to do that then?

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Ways To Beat Stress - Assertiveness Skills

5. Assertiveness Skills If you can learn how to be more assertive, you are more likely to have choices and to be able to say how you feel and what you think. Imagine how much less stressed this will make you feel.

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Assertiveness Training

Consider attending an Assertiveness training course. It will help you understand how to achieve your goals and stand up for your rights without neglecting the rights of others. Assertiveness is not about getting what you want - It is about creating win-win outcomes. It is a great way of managing stress.

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Ways To Beat Stress

6. Other Things which you can do. What else might you be able to do to beat stress. One thing is to stop thinking about not thinking about it. Think about something completely different. What would that be? What else could you do?

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Information on Yoga

Yoga classes can help with stress as it combines exercise and relaxation. It also teaches meditation techniques. Maybe you can find out about classes near you or speak to someone who already attends one. It could be just the thing for you. For free online yoga advice and information on Yoga and meditation in the UK visit http://www.yogauk.com/

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Self-Hypnosis For Relaxation and Stress Management

Self hypnosis is similar in some ways to meditation but in other ways different. A good hypnotherapist will teach you self-hypnosis and how to use it for stress management. There are also some good tapes and cds available on the market for you to buy.

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Healthy Habits - Eat Less, Exercise More

Reassess your plan continuously. Support yourself as you would a close friend. Exercise Lose Weight What is your favourite exercise? Do you like running, walking, swimming or the gym? Do your prefer team sports or competitive individual pursuits? Do things you enjoy. That way you will stick to them. Remember habits!

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Managing Stress through Necessity

Many stressful people go on to learn effective stress management techniques after suffering serious illness such as strokes. Wouldn't it be better to implement your plan before this happens. Wouldn't it be better to chose to be a more relaxed person rather than being forced.

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Diet and Nutrition - Overcoming Stress

Eating a healthy diet will help you defend against stress. Breakfast gives you everything you need for a stressfree day. Perhaps you could think of breakfast as a statement about how you are going to live your day.

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Laughter - The Perfect Answer to Stress

People who are suffering with stress or anxiety can become very serious. Have you ever noticed that? Find out what really makes you laugh and feel happy. Next time you feel yourself becoming stressful, expose yourself to the humour or happiness. It might not be easy but you might be very glad you did.

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Stress and Health

Stress can cause serious illness and even if it doesn't go on to do that, it can make you thoroughly miserable in the meantime. This isn't supposed to scare, just to inspire you to do something else.

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Stress - Realise that You are Different

Your reasons for experiencing stress and ways of experiencing stress will be slightly different than everybody else's. To become calmer, happier and healthier you will need to search for your own answers and it probably won't just happen overnight.

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Quote About Stress

" Try to relax and enjoy the crisis." (Ashleigh Brilliant)

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Stop Thinking About Stress

Even if it's to try not to think about it! Our minds are not very good at processing double-negatives - try not to think about a big spotty, purple cat and notice what happens. Forget about stress, create a void and fill that void with something very pleasant, your goals and dreams for the future. Very best wishes.

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