Stress… The Good, Bad and Ugly

The definition of stress is “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances”.  Sources of stress are everywhere, including worries about jobs, relationships or the future. No matter what causes the stress, the results are much the same.  Stress can weaken the body’s immune system, contribute to or worsen some health conditions, or get in the way of keeping your health on track.

Don’t let stress keep you from your goals.

–         Know how you react to stress

–         Identify the things that cause you stress

–         Think and plan ahead to reduce stress

–         Learn how to better cope with stress

Having healthy ways to cope or manage stress are important. Here are some tips to help you reduce stress:

–          Manage your time by staying organized

–         Set goals you can reach one step at a time

–         Reach out to people for help or even just to talk

–         Try not to get upset about things that do not matter

–         Think about the good things in your life

–         Get some exercise

–         Eat  a balanced diet

–         Get plenty of sleep

–         Accept the things you cannot change

“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another”  -William James

Author: Molly Rosenquist,  Health & Wellness Coordinator

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