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Identify the Stressors in Your Life

While it may seem like some people float through life carefree, no one lives a life that is free of stress. In fact, living a carefree life has more to do with how people handle stress than it does the absence of stress itself.

For example: There are two women stuck in a traffic jam on the interstate. Both have to pick up children at the sitters and get home to make dinner before their husbands get home. But while one woman has resigned herself to take out and is sitting contently listening to a book on audio, the other woman is frantically pounding the steering wheel and looking for a non-existent break in the traffic. As you can see, the situation is the same for both women but the way they handle the stress of being stuck in traffic is completely different.

You too may find yourself stressed about situations that don’t seem to bother other people or maybe you tend to glide through stressful events that would have others frazzled. This is because no two people react to the same stressors exactly the same. In fact, the things that cause stress can be entirely different from person to person. This is why it is very important for you to recognize what causes you stress personally so that you can learn how to reduce the amount of stress in your life.

To learn what causes you stress, you need to recognize the symptoms of stress and be able to pinpoint what triggered them. Since many symptoms are not immediate, such as trouble sleeping, you might have to really delve into your life to figure out where the majority of your stress is coming from. Sometimes what is causing you stress is constantly on your mind so it’s not that difficult to figure out. Other times, though, stress can be caused by several things that happen throughout the day and not one certain event. In these cases, you will have to learn the immediate physical symptoms of stress so that you can address and eliminate these stressors.

Immediate Physical Symptoms of Stress

When you are dealing with a stressful situation, your body releases chemicals to help you deal with that situation. These chemicals affect your body in subtle ways that you can detect. This will help you figure out what situations you personally find stressful. Here are a few of the symptoms that you might feel when faced with immediate stress:

  • Increased pulse
  • Sweaty palms
  • Tightening of the chest
  • Rapid breathing
  • Trouble thinking
  • Irritability
  • Skin tingling

When you notice these symptoms, take a break from the situation. Go into the other room, take a few deep breaths, and calmly think about how to handle the situation at hand. After a few moments, the task at hand might not seem that stressful at all and you might be able to handle it more efficiently than you would have if you would have stayed.

Study Finds These 2 Stress Management Strategies Will Help You Stop Bringing Your Work-Related Stress Home With You

I've seen a lot of people in my therapy office over the years who struggled to leave their work-related stress at the office. Some of them were parents who were disappointed that they took out a whole day's worth of frustration out on their children the ...

Published:  Wed, 25 Apr 2018 05:08:00 GMT



Managing stress at work can help employee well-being, productivity

It's a change in perspective," Steinbaum said. "Take it and use it." Leadership and a "˜welcoming work culture' Stress management initiatives at work are most effective when a company's leaders engage and participate, experts say. The mindset ...

Published:  Wed, 25 Apr 2018 08:12:00 GMT



Why Stress Management and Time Management Go Hand in Hand

No matter who you are and what you do you will experience stress at some point in your life. Unfortunately, there are people who tend to experience more stress than others. For instance, those who choose highly demanding careers often undergo more stress ...

Published:  Wed, 18 Apr 2018 05:28:00 GMT



Chill out with these 8 stress relief tips

College is stressful. Water is wet. But with final exams, papers and projects just around the corner, it's understandable that students might be more stressed than usual. You could let that stress fester inside until you're a shell of the person you ...

Published:  Thu, 19 Apr 2018 21:12:00 GMT



University promotes stress management

The end of the semester is a notoriously stressful time for students. Institutions around campus are making an effort to organize relaxation-promoting events before finals time. McKinley Health Center has a number of stress-reducing resources available.

Published:  Tue, 24 Apr 2018 05:50:00 GMT



Top 10 Best Neck Massagers of 2018 for Pain & Stress Relief

If you're like a lot of people, you carry stress in your neck. Sometimes it's caused by everyday pressures of work and family, but it can also be related to the fact that many of us spend hours a day staring at computer screens, forgetting to get up ...

Published:  Wed, 18 Apr 2018 15:27:00 GMT



Stress Management - Breathing Exercises for Relaxation

Stress is primarily a physical response which cannot be completely avoided but can be managed without affecting our own health. It is quite apparent that our breathing is very much influenced by oscillations in the intensity of stress. We observe an ...

Published:  Tue, 24 Apr 2018 08:54:00 GMT



Stress Relief Day

Join Student Health and Counseling Services staff on April 24th from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM for Stress Relief Day activities. All activities will be held on the second floor of Colket except the PETTING ZOO, which will be on the back quad. Join Student Health ...

Published:  Mon, 23 Apr 2018 21:29:00 GMT



3 big things I learned from a new stress management course on LinkedIn

"Stress is simply the gap between demand and capacity. Or maybe more specifically, it's what happens in that gap between demand and capacity," Hanna says in the course. She also talks about how we shouldn't think of it as positive or negative ...

Published:  Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:19:00 GMT



Malware app pretending to offer stress relief targets Facebook credentials

At least 40,000 Facebook accounts have been compromised via a new form of malware distributed via a painting application. Called "StressPaint," the application, pitched as offering to relieve stress by painting, is being spread through phishing emails ...

Published:  Fri, 20 Apr 2018 00:06:00 GMT



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