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Happy Stress Awareness Day

Posted on: April 16, 2012

That nagging headache, the twitching eyelid, the urge to tear your cubicle-mate’s throat out- you might not be aware of it, but those are symptoms of stress!  Oh, you knew that, you say?

Well, how about these: insomnia, heartburn, mild depression, anxiety, the feeling of being overwhelmed, and the urge to empty your bank account and make a run for the Bahamas are also signs that you might be feeling a little bit stressed.

Okay, so I’m not telling you anything new here.  Stress is a huge part of adult life. And to a certain degree, it’s good for us. Stress can be a powerful motivator for forward movement in life. However, like anything else, too much of a “good” thing is a BAD thing.

Prolonged stress can lead to powerful negative health consequences, such as ulcers,  heart disease, and a higher risk of other serious diseases like diabetes and hypertension.  Even short-term stress, if not properly managed, can result in physical and emotional problems. And sometimes, poor stress management choices such as alcohol and drug use can be life threatening.

So take today to make some changes in your life, to help you learn to manage your stress better. You can’t get rid of all of it, some of the best things in life lead to a pretty hefty amount of stress (I’m thinking of the kids, and the job I dearly love). All you can really do is minimize it as much as you can, and learn to deal with the rest of it.

I’m off to do some deep breathing and focused meditation before heading off to work, where I will sip some soothing tea and eat a healthy meal of seafood and vegetables at lunch time.  And when the work load builds up, and the phones are ringing off the hook, I’m going to pick the most important tasks to be done first, focus on those, and not sweat the small stuff.  I’m also going to laugh as often as I can, because laughter really is one of the best possible medicines for stress.

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