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It's been a busy month already and there’s still a few weeks to go.
I’ve been working on a number of projects and as soon as I get something completed, another thing pops up. My biggest fear is missing a deadline and I find myself stressing over it.
Stress can be very harmful to your health if you do not handle it properly. Stress can contribute to headaches, cramps, indigestion, nausea, allergies, tiredness, backaches, depression, stiff necks, ulcers, colitis and heart disease. I get horrible backaches when I’m stressed.
There are many techniques for stress management. There are the physical methods like deep breathing and exercise to cope with physical reactions to stress, like body aches, hyperactivity and the jitters. Mental calming methods should be used for mental stress.
Stress turns me into a monster. I'm not very pleasant to be around when I'm stressed. The volume of my voice increases and has an edges sharp enough to cut the toughest soul. I start misplacing things, adding to the stress and I become ineffective.
Before I can control my stress I have to recognize and understand it. Sometimes relief is a phone call away. There's nothing that helps more than complaining to a close friend how awful everything is. I call this stress reliever my "Penny Fix".
Sometimes, just ten minutes of “me time" will do a world of good. Try to sit quietly in a comfortable position. Close your eyes and breathe slowly and naturally. Inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth. Visualization is another great tool. Visualize the stressful situation and how to resolve the problem, therefore ending the tension. Visualizing a positive ending to the situation seems to help cope with the stress.
A quick brisk walk also clears your mind.
Certain fragrances can help calm us in time of stress. One time, a friend gave me a rose from her garden and its fragrance was exquisite. Good music has the same effect.
Early to bed and early to rise is wonderful logic. The best way to prepare your body to cope with stress is to get plenty of rest. Try to get seven to eight hours at least four nights a week. Give yourself enough time in the morning to get ready without rushing around.
I truly believe laughter is good for you. Sometimes I take myself too seriously. We don't stop laughing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop laughing.
Here’s hoping you have a great, stress free, month.
Patricia Duguay is the executive director of the River Valley Healthy Communities, a Healthy Maine Partnership and works to promote health in all its aspects in Western Oxford County. The office is located at 94 River St. in Rumford. You may also call 364-7408 or email email@example.com. For more information on the Healthy Communities and its programs visit our web site at www.rvhcc.org.