on Stress: Part 1
You Have Balance in Your Life?
you say at the end of the day that "it was good" or do you fall into
bed thinking "Thank God, I made it through another one"? How did we
arrive at this incredibly stressful and fast-paced life?
can be described as anything that stimulates us and our level of alertness. Life
without stress would be dull and boring, but life with too much stress can damage
our health and well-being. Some of the internal symptoms of long-term stress are:
worry or anxiety; inability to concentrate or make decisions; feeling overwhelmed
or out of control; mood changes and feelings of frustration, depression, hostility,
impatience and irritability; reduced sex drive; difficulty sleeping; drinking
more alcohol and smoking more.
of the very first things you have to face, when you want to master stress, is
changing! You have to figure out what things are contributing to your problem
and change them. These changes fall into four categories:
Change your thinking
· Change your behaviour
· Change your
· Change the situations you are in
getting to the root causes of your stress, you can not only relieve current problems
and symptoms but you can also prevent recurrences. An example might be frustration
over arguments with your children. If you stand back and look at the situation
objectively, you may find that it is not their behaviour that needs to be modified
but your expectations.