By: Pacific Workplace Health Checks  23-Nov-2011
Keywords: Stress

Is stress getting the better of us?  Stress seems to come part and parcel with our modern lifestyles; the fact the economy is suffering, people are losing their jobs, the price of fuel is high or whatever else places pressure on our minds.

What we fail to realise, however, is that most stress is just that… in our minds.

Have you ever thought that you may create your own stress? 

Think about this: studies have shown that those people who are more stressed than their counterparts have a higher propensity for developing problems associated with illness, fatigue and in some cases, phobias.  Being healthy starts with your mind.

Your mind is the most powerful tool in your body. Think of people who run marathons. These athletes get up each day, sometimes early in the morning before the sun rises, just so that they can train their bodies. They’re not only training their bodies, however; they are training their minds. Anyone can have a “good day” as an athlete.  Exercise and fresh air has a phenominal effect on one’s positive mental state.

In the same respect, most of us have probably heard the anecdotal accounts of a mother who lifts a car which has fallen off the jackstands and trapped her son or the one about a great great aunt who, at about 120 Lbs or less and back in the 1940′s I think, allegedly carried, shoved, or pulled her new and most highly prized refrigerator out of a burning house.  Whatever the anecdote, humans do produce “superhuman” or “unexpected” feats of strength when mind is put over matter.

This is why your mind plays such an important role.  No one can make you stressed out except you.  If you get a piece of bad news, how do you deal with it?  We need to find healthier ways of dealing with our stress so that it doesn’t affect our lives and the lives of those around us.

Stress can become dangerous, in the workplace and to our health, when we let it affect our actions.  Turning to drugs and alcohol can be deadly when our job is to operate machinery, this includes driving a vehicle to work.  Stress can be devastation to our health when we let it affect our choices about the types of food we eat and the activities we engage in.  Typically, when stressed, we eat unhealthy foods, tend not to exercise and/or smoke more frequently - all damaging to our bodies.

If you are stressed out, there are many healthy ways to deal with things. For instance, you can talk to a friend about what is bothering you. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this, approach a family member.  Something its as simple as talking about a problem.

When you don’t express what you are feeling in a healthy way, all you are doing is bottling up emotions inside that are going to come out eventually (and usually not in a good way).

Other people deal with their problems and stress by exercising while others choose to sit quietly and meditate. Some people choose to draw; others choose to write their thoughts in a journal, and others choose to get involved in volunteer work.

The main message here is to take control of it with your mind and do something about it.  All you have to do is think.

To find out if you respond better to “Invogorating” stress reduction techniques or “Soothing” stress reduction techniques visit the page below and try some of the examples to see which work best for you…

To a stress free day,

Ryan Price

Keywords: Stress

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