The fickle finger of fate is sitting in a paddle boat in the middle of Prospect Park enjoying the lazy breeze of a warm afternoon when all of a sudden, black clouds come rolling across the sky, flashing light; exploding with thunder; dumping buckets of water down upon you and turning a peaceful lake into the raging sea. Such is stress: a mental and emotional reaction to things in life we don’t want; can’t control but must deal with. Regardless of the situation, stress is harmful. It can, however, be managed.
Hypertension and high blood pressure are prime examples of the ill effects of stress and both can lead to heart attack and stroke. Other telltale signs of stress include insomnia or the constant nagging headache, which may be your body’s way of alerting you of the hypertension resulting from stress. Eating disorders paving the way to obesity can are often a result of stress. Stress makes us fearful, uneasy. It clouds our thinking. There are many harmful consequences of stress. It is important to recognize stress and find ways to alleviate it.
Recognizing stress is the first step in managing it. The undercurrent in a river of stress is anxiety – feeling overwhelmed by the things you think you have to do. A quick temper with loved ones is an indicator of stress. Learn to recognize the indicators of stress and partake in the quickest cure in the world. Detach. Relax. Count to ten. Call a friend; preferably one who makes you laugh or just plain makes you feel good about who you are. Once you learn to recognize stress, you’ll see how easy it is to control.
Simple household items can easily remove you from stress. Television has a soothing effect on the body as we surrender our mind to people, plot and places grabbing our attention. How about all those old songs that once fired up our imaginations? Grab the air guitar and pump up the volume. You’ll burn off so much stress, you’ll have to sit down and catch your breath. Music is a relaxing experience. Dust off the old Schwinn sitting out in the garage, plug in your portable music player and go for a ride. Managing your stress keeps stress from managing you.
Exercise is another great way to relieve stress. While you can’t run away from the things causing stress, you can run off the stress with regular jogging, bicycling, swimming or simple stay at home exercises. Find a relaxing program and work it into your day. Not only will it alleviate stress, but it will strengthen stress can harm over the course of time.
Perhaps the best relief for stress is intimacy. In addition to relieving stress, rekindling the tender moments of a loving relationship can decrease the risks of high blood pressure and increase the flow of blood through out the body. Take a break from the stress and call your favorite restaurant, buy a dozen roses and surprise a loved one. You’ll feel better the moment you pick up the phone as you take a minute to remove yourself from the stress in your life and set yourself up for one of life’s joys.