Stress Management

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Stress Management Stress management is something we as people should take a lot more seriously than we really do. Whenever I tell someone that they need to learn how to control their stress they always tell me they need their stress. They are right, they do need their stress, we all need a certain amount of stress in our lives. No stress is almost just as unhealthy as too much stress. Just the right amount of stress is called Eustress. Eustress is a healthy stressor because it helps to keep us motivated. Unhealthy stress is called Distress. Distress is unhealthy because it can cause all sorts of health problems such as anxiety attacks or high blood pressure. There are two different kinds of stressors, an internal stressor and an External stressor. An internal stressor is self-generated stress. For example, spending more money than you have therefore getting yourself into debt, or procrastination. An external stressor is something that stresses you out that you have no control over. For example, sick or dying relatives or your car breaking down. Since most of the stress we suffer from is internal distress we usually think that it's something that a pill can fix. Hey isn't that Americas answer to everything, "Take a pill". Did you know that 80% of health care is spent on stress related disorders every year? (According to the centers for disease control and prevention.) You can easily avoid going to the doctors due to a stress-related disorder by simply learning to manage or relieve your stress. This is very important for students because stress will cause a vicious cycle of unhealthy behavior patterns. Once you become distressed it can cause sleeping disorders, unhealthy eating patterns, and immune deficiency. These will all c... ... middle of paper ... ...rcises that I tried out and I highly recommend you give a few of them a try for yourself. I learned a lot in my research of stress management but the biggest thing I learned is that the main principle in stress management is change. You have to figure out what you are doing that is contributing to your problem and change it. I found that these changes usually fell into one of four categories: change your behavior, change your thinking, change your lifestyle choices, and/or change the situations you are in. By getting to the root of the causes of your stress, you can not only relieve those problems but also prevent recurrences. I feel that this has been a very time worthy assignment for me because I can continue to use everything I have learned throughout my life. I can also help others by teaching them some of these helpful strategies in managing their stress.

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