Manage Stress: Intro

Focus on Health to Help Manage Stress

 

Manage Stress with Health

Stress can have huge effects on how someone behaves. One person might sleep for some ridiculous amount of time while another might need to burn steam by working out or working on a project of some kind. What amount of stress do you find as a manageable balance? You need to figure out at what stress level you perform best and exhibit the highest amount of efficiency. Once you do that, focusing on health can help you manage that stress!

Everyone has some amount of stress in their lives. Whether it’s a combination of little daily stresses or there are weightier stresses from recent major changes or events, stress can take its toll. If not handled correctly, stress can have big impacts on a person in many different ways. How, you might ask? Let’s discuss.

Stress can have huge effects on how someone behaves. For some people, they might be more irritable and snap at little things that suddenly annoy them a lot. Others may be more emotionally sensitive and prone to take things that normally wouldn’t have offended them as a personal attack. Another person might sleep for some ridiculous amount of time while still another might need to burn steam by working out or working on a project of some kind. As you can see, the possibilities are almost endless to how stress effects people. However, there are some key things about stress and how to deal with it that remain the same. Focusing on health can help you manage stress. But, first, how stressed are you, anyway? Use the Holmes-Rahe scale below to find your “stress score.”

Instructions: To find your current “stress score,” add the values of the events that you experienced in the past year. The higher the number, the greater the stress. Scoring over 300 points puts you at high risk for developing a stress-related health problem. A score between 150 and 299 reduces your risk by 30%, and a score under 150 means that you have only a small chance of a problem.

Well, how’d you do? Are you a total stress case waiting for an ulcer or a lackadaisical “beach bum” that needs a reminder to worry about things once in a while? Either way, extremely high stress and extremely low stress can greatly decrease a person’s productivity. The answer, then, to the question of, “What is the recommended stress amount?” is actually another question you need to ask yourself: What amount of stress do I find as a manageable balance?

So, basically, you need to figure out at what stress level you perform best and exhibit the highest amount of efficiency. Then, once this quantity is determined, figure out what you need to do to maintain your desired goal. As we stated earlier, focusing on health can help you manage stress.

There are two words and a phrase we would strongly suggest you get well acquainted with:

  • Word 1: Balance (properly distributed portions of an item such as food, time, or activities)
  • Word 2: Moderation (reasonably sized portions of an item such as food, time, or activities)
  • Phrase: Delay Gratification (the act of forgoing an immediate desire or reward in order to gain a more substantial one later)

You may think balance and moderation sound pretty much the same. The two go hand-in-hand and are closely linked – but not quite exactly the same.

Now that we’ve gotten our feet wet, let’s start talking about what aspects of physical health you can focus on to manage that stress! The four areas we will suggest you look at first are the following:

  • Food
  • Exercise
  • Sleep
  • Staying Safe

We are going to go over about five suggestions per topic. There are a lot more out there, though, so please do more research if you are particularly curious or concerned about a topic. Also, let us here at UltimateHealthTrends.com know if you would like to see more of a certain article topic on our site. Now, step back, take a deep breath, and relax!

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