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Stress Management

Discussion in 'Health Issues' started by balamotwani, Oct 23, 2007.

  1. balamotwani

    balamotwani Bronze IL'ite

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    A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked, "how heavy is this glass of water? "

    Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g.

    The lecturer replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it. "If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance. "In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes. "

    He continued, "And that's the way it is with stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on. "

    "As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden. "

    "So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don't carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can. "

    "Relax; pick them up later after you've rested. Life is short. Enjoy it!

    And then he shared some ways of dealing with the burdens of life:

    * Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.

    * Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to at them.

    * Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

    * Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.

    * If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

    * If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

    * It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.

    * Never buy a car you can't push.

    * Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.

    * Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

    * The second mouse gets the cheese.

    * When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

    * Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

    * You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.

    * Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.

    * We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.

    " A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour"


  2. vidyasundar

    vidyasundar Bronze IL'ite

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    Dear Bala,
    Nice post. thanks for sharing

  3. latamurali

    latamurali Gold IL'ite

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    Dear bala

    Very nice post and very important for today's life. thattoo that lecturer's speech in the beginning , it is an eye opener

    Thank u for sharing

  4. padmaiyangar

    padmaiyangar Bronze IL'ite

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    The word stress is derived from the Latin word "stringi", which means, "to be drawn tight". Stress can be defined as follows:
    In medical terms stress is described as, "a physical or psychological stimulus that can produce mental tension or physiological reactions that may lead to illness."
    According to Richard S Lazarus, stress is a feeling experienced when a person thinks that "
    Our body tries to adjust to different circumstances or changing environment
    In this process, the body is put to extra work resulting in "wear and tear".
    We experience stress at one time or another. Without stress, there would be no life. However, excessive stress can be harmful. Stress is unique and personal. A situation may be stressful for someone but the same situation may be challenging for others.
    Stress is not always necessarily harmful. Hans Selye said in 1956, "stress is not necessarily something bad – it all depends on how you take it. The stress of exhilarating, creative successful work is beneficial, while that of failure, humiliation or infection is detrimental." Stress can be therefore negative, positive or neutral.
    Types of stress are
    1. Acute stress
    Acute stress is usually for short time and may be due to work pressure, meeting deadlines pressure or minor accident, over exertion, increased physical activity, searching something but you misplaced it, or similar things.
    Acute stress is common in people who take too many responsibilities and are overloaded or overworked, disorganized, always in a hurry and never in time. These people are generally in positions of importance at their workplace and stressful lifestyle is inherent in them.

    Symptoms of this type of tension are headaches, back pain, stomach problems, rapid heartbeat, muscle aches or body pain.
    2. Chronic Stress
    This type of stress is the most serious of stress Chronic stress is a prolonged stress that exists for weeks, months, or even years. This stress is due to poverty, broken or stressed families and marriages, chronic illness and successive failures in life. People suffering from this type of stress get used to it and may even not realize that they are under chronic stress. It is very harmful to their health.
    There are several causes of stress. For example, we will be are under stress when we are worried about something, worried about our children, worried about the illness of our father, worried about

    Following are the stress management tips that will tell you how to relieve stress.
    1. Take deep breath for instant stress relief
    Breathe deeply slowly and exhale out slowly. Deep breath helps you get plenty of oxygen and may give you instant stress relief.
    2. Be organized. Manage time
    One of the main causes of stress is poor time management. If you are organized, you can manage things in proper ways without putting pressure on you..
    3. Know your stressors
    . If you are stressed due to non completion of tasks in time, then time management techniques will be helpful
    4. Talk to others
    Involve yourself with others. Talk to your friends, family member, teacher, neighbor, or counselor. This will reduce sadness, loneliness, frustration and stress. Consider to offer your services to neighborhood or volunteer organizations.
    5. Be physically active
    Physical activity plays a key role in reducing and preventing the effects of stress. When you feel nervous, angry or upset, release the pressure through exercise or physical activity. Take a walk for example. Or do any activity that you like most.. Such activities can relieve your tension.
    6. Eat healthy food
    Eat healthy nutritious food daily. Do not skip meals. Avoid smoking, caffeine and other stimulants. Always get enough sleep. Maintain your sleep times. Healthy eating and adequate sleep fuels your mind and body to cope with stress.
    7. Have a good cry
    A good cry can bring relief to your stress. Crying is a part of the emotional healing process.
    8. Avoid alcohol, drugs and cigarettes
    Smoking, alcohol and drugs do not remove the conditions that cause stress. They may give you only temporary relief.
    9. Laughter is the best for stress!
    o Reduces stress hormones.
    o Laughter releases body's natural painkillers endorphins.
    o Laughter reduces hypertension and provides good cardiac exercise.
    o Laughter cleanses the lungs.
    o It is a good relaxation.
    o It boosts body's immune function.
    10. Hugging is good for stress relief.
    Give a good hug to your beloved one; to your spouse, children grand children or pet. This melts away your stress.
    11. Know your capabilities & limits
    You should be aware of your capabilities and limits. If a problem is beyond your control, don't try to do it. Do not want the things to happen your way that are not in your control. A major cause of stress is to control events on whom you have little or no power.
    12. Also do not think that you are always right and you are the supreme. And do not think that other people also think your way. Your way of thinking may not always be right. Discuss the things in a friendly manner or in a compromising way. This will definitely reduce your stress.
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2007
  5. adajim

    adajim New IL'ite

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    I am not a doctor, just sharing my personal experience as I have had depressions and stress for sometime. The best way to get over stress and depression is to take a break from your regular schedule, go out, and take good sleep. This helps in clearing the mind and try consulting a specialist who can suggest you as how you can get over your problem. Rather than going on drugs, one should look for the reason behind there problem . Keeping your self busy and changing the schedule also helps sometimes to get over stress and depression.
  6. Peace777

    Peace777 Senior IL'ite

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    Adajim, I also suffer from stress and am seeing it take a toll on me... i want to consult a professional but what kind of doctor am i looking for? If you could share details of a specialist, it would be helpful.
  7. adajim

    adajim New IL'ite

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    Sorry to hear that you have been through this. You can try consulting a doctor around your place who can deal with depression and stress or you can even ask your general physician to suggest you one. Make sure that you don't use stuff that is available over counter without prescription.
    My best wishes are with you.

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