Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Stressed Out?

Forbes magazine recently rated Chicago America's most stressful city. Since ETD calls Chicago home, we thought it might be a good idea to take a minute to review some helpful tips for staving off day-to-day stress.

Our level of stress and our level of health and well being have been shown to be linked. Living with chronic stress can increase our susceptibility to everything from the common cold to ulcers to heart disease. In fact, some doctors estimate that as many as 90% of doctors visits are stress related.

Not surprisingly, stress is also unhealthy for our mental health and well being. Learning to handle your stress and avoid situations that cause stress will help you to be healthier, and just as important, happier.

Learn to manage tension by practicing meditation, yoga, deep breathing, journaling, or positive visualization. Figure out what calms you (a certain smell, a walk outside, standing up and stretching, a bubble bath) and then do these things when you feel yourself getting stressed out.

You might not be able to completely eliminate stressful situations from your life, but you can minimize them by getting organized, learning good time management and communication skills, and working to maintain healthy relationships with people who will help and support you when times get tough.

If you find that your stress levels are creating or contributing to mental health problems, talk to a professional and get help.

Here are some quick 2 minute stress busters that the professionals at health.com use to relax. And for more information about the side effects and management of stress, go here.

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