Relaxation & Stress Management Resources
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How do I recognize it?
Stress is a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that demands exceed their resources and ability to cope. Each person experiences and reacts to a stressful situation differently. Learn to recognize your own signs and then identify the cause of these symptoms. Stress management is a combination of changing the stressful situation and changing your response to the situation.
- Blaming or Anger
- Fatigue or an inability to focus
- Forgetfulness or a lack of concentration
- Anxiety or excessive worry
- Heart pounding
- Irritability or harsh treatment of others
- Increased smoking or alcohol/drug consumption
- Change in eating and sleep patterns
- Teeth grinding
- Cold sores
- Skin disorders
- Stomach difficulties
- Frequent colds (suppressed immune system)
What causes it?
- Change in life circumstances (financial, health, move, family or work/school changes)
- Feelings of being challenged or threatened
- Feelings of a loss of personal control
- Feeling overwhelmed with workload
What can help?
- Discover your specific triggers and symptoms
- Manage your time: prioritize, reduce & schedule time demands, balance activities, organize
- Develop healthy practices: eat properly, sleep 7-8 hours, exercise regularly, relaxation & meditation techniques
- Develop a support system: talk with friends, family
- Positive and calming self-talk: examine thoughts and beliefs: develop realistic expectations of self and others
- Learn about stress through books, internet sites etc.
- Meet with a counsellor