10 Ways To Minimise Your Stress
October 7, 2008 11:39pm CST
Stress is our reaction to any stimulus (physical, mental, or emotional -internal or external) that tends to upset us. When the reactions are inappropriate, they can lead to health problems. The diseases most often connected to stressful environment are heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer. Additionally, doctors are seeing increasing incidents of stress and being connected to other conditions such as asthma, allergies, migraines, ulcers, bowel and skin problems. Infact 75-90% of all visits to the doctor are related to stress. To deal with stress effectively, identify the sources, either within yourself or your environment, and then plan strategies for copping. Ideas to help you relieve stress: 1. Rise early, reserve an hour before family wakes up. This will help you to get organised for the day. 2. Share your workload with family and co-workers. 3. Take breaks in the day - even just 10 minutes to clear your head and catch breath. 4. Set aside time for exercise. 5. Don't take on too much at once. 6. Give yourself permission to be imperfect. 7. Learn to say "no". 8. Eliminate clutter from your life. 9. Relax with some music occasionally. 10. Develop a forgiving attitude.