Recognizing and reducing stress

College of DuPage Nursing Student Al Adawi researched for Healthy Lombard that life can often be challenging but the stress that comes with it doesn’t have to be. Although life is extremely challenging, it is possible to adapt to many of these new lifestyle challenges. One challenge is the inability to socialize with others which makes a person feel alone and distressed. This chronic stress can take a toll on a person and lead to chronic stress-related disorders (Giddens, 2017). Being able to recognize and use measures to cope is critical for physical and mental well-being.

Many people battle with chronic stress-related disorders on a daily basis without even realizing it. It may not seem abnormal, therefore, and result from family, work, school, or even environmental-related stress. The eventual mental disorders that develop may include, PTSD, obsessive-compulsive disorder, insomnia, hypertension, anxiety disorders, IBS, tension headaches, and even ulcers (Giddens, 2017). Stress is a serious consequence of stimulation of the defense mechanisms in the body, and if not handled properly, can significantly harm health. The recognition of these stressors will help to improve coping mechanisms and prevent the development of chronic disease.

Coping represents how an individual perceives and responds to stress (Giddens, 2017). Some of the methods that help to reduce stress and improve coping include aromatherapy, yoga, meditation, and deep breathing exercises. According to Cleveland Clinic (2020) the most important step to take is to assert oneself. This includes putting health first when necessary, others second.

Aerobic exercise has also been shown to be beneficial from the release of natural endorphins which make one feel better. Other ways to reduce stressors are to utilize effective time management skills, set priorities, and taking time for oneself to relax (Yoder-Wise, 2019)

Counseling or spiritual guidance may also help to provide stress relief, although it is important to remember that everyone has their own tolerance for stress. Having a support system has been demonstrated as a valuable source of stress relief. It’s time to invest in coping methods to improve longevity and help adapt to a longer, stress-free life.




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