What is Stress?
Stress is a physical or emotional response to daily events in your life. Stress can be good or bad. Good stress comes from working on a fun personal project. Bad stress comes from dealing with paying bills, trying to face an emergency situation or trying to deal with problems that are out of your control.

Negative Effects of Stress
Stress can prepare us to fight or run away from harmful events. Tension that does not go away can perpetuate the stress response. Muscles in the back, neck, and shoulders can tighten into hard knots. Stomachaches, indigestion, acid reflux, headaches and muscle spasms can occur periodically. Continuous stress can trigger panic attacks, weaken the immune system, cause excessive hormone release that can damage the body, depression, migraines and mimic heart attacks. Stress can simulate other mental ailments, physical diseases, and can cause death.

How To Deal With It
1. Identify and list the sources of stress in your life.

2. Consult friends, family members or professionals about ways to resolve concerns in your life that cause stress. Accumulate different ways to cope with situations.

3. Take time for yourself. Figure out some soothing activities that you can do to reduce the effects of stress.
Activities known to help ease or eliminate stress are;

  • Walking
  • Meditation
  • Yoga
  • Exercising
  • Collections and Do It Yourself Projects
  • Reading
  • Gardening
  • Volunteering

You may need to consult a professional counselor if you feel that stress is too much for you to manage on your own. Counselors will be able to equip you with emotional strategies, physical tools or even medication to reduce stress from over taking your life. There are counsleors that can be found through insurance, through community services, religious institutions, educational institutions and through organizations.