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International Stress Awareness Day

November 6th is International Stress Awareness Day. Stress is not something that everyone can avoid but we have to learn to manage it. When a person is stressed the heart rate increases, muscles tighten, breathing quickens, and the blood pressure rises. Stress is different for everyone. Small doses of stress are not bad, unless it is long-term chronic stress. Some consequences of long-term stress are:

  • Depression, personality disorders, and anxiety
  • Obesity and other eating disorders
  • Cardiovascular disease including strokes, high blood pressure, heart attacks, abnormal heart rhythms, and heart disease
  • Acne, eczema, permanent hair loss, and psoriasis
  • Loss of sexual and reproductive disorders
  • GERD, ulcerative colitis, irritable colon, and gastritis

Here are some stress management techniques:

  • Practicing relaxation techniques
  • Exercising regularly
  • Managing your time more effectively
  • Setting limits and turning down extra tasks
  • Getting enough rest
  • Not relying on drugs/ alcohol/compulsive behaviors
  • Spending time with people you enjoy
  • Eating well-balanced healthy meals
  • Expressing your feelings, beliefs, or opinions instead of becoming passive, angry, or defensive
  • Always trying to keep a positive attitude