Staten Island, NY (PRWEB) July 23, 2006
Stress occurs when you perceive a demand on you to be greater than your resources. The symptoms include elevated blood pressure, rapid breathing and sweating. More recently, studies have shown that stress increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Some stress can actually be good for you, as it can motivate you. But all the physical symptoms of stress can make your body weaker, breaking down its immune system. So stress for a longer period of time than a few days can be dangerous.
Think of it this way; If you bought a car and then drove it around continuously then it would heat up and break down.
Your body is the same way with stress. you have to consciously take control of and manage stress, or your body will begin to run like a broken down car.
Unfortunately the fast paced living we are used to is designed to put your body into a state of stress from the very moment you wake up! It begins with the sharp sound of an alarm bell, followed by the stress of the morning commute, add coffee and sugar filled snacks and your body is beginning to get hit hard...and all of this before the work day has even begun!
Since the very act of living creates stress, it is important to learn how to manage your stress. Stress relief on it’s own isn’t enough. You have to learn how to reduce the effects of stress on you on a continuous basis.
According to David Spiegel, a Stanford Psychiatrist, "Living a stress-free life is not a reasonable goal. The goal is to deal with it (stress) actively and effectively". (Newsweek 6/14/1999) In other words, you need stress management skills.
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