It is extremely important to pay close attention to stress. Stress comes in many forms, and can have a negative effect on health if it continues too long and begins feeling overwhelming. According to the American Psychological Association (2015), stress can affect the musculoskeletal system which causes the muscles to tense up for long periods of time. Repertory system which causes the muscles to tense up for long periods of time, Repertory system which may have asthma or lung disease getting oxygen you need to breath harder for those who may have asthma or lung disease getting oxygen you need to breath can be difficult, Cardiovascular, Gastrointestinal such as the esophagus when stressed is may cause you to eat more or use substances that may increase harm to your body.
Stress can cause numerous of other health issues which is important to practice different techniques to manage stress for healthy living. Here are a few examples:
- Physical Activity – Take a brisk walk or engage in other physically demanding activities. This may reduce your stress.
- Expressions – Speak up in respectful ways. Sharing thoughts and feelings in an assertive and respectful manner can sometimes help buffer stress.
- Time Management – List what needs to get done, make plans for addressing items, and stick to the plan.
- Positive Thinking – Stress is often associated with negative, self-critical thinking. Focus your attention on positive thoughts about yourself, your accomplishments, things you feel proud of or grateful for
The more you manage your stress levels, the less likely that stress will occur. Practice just a few of these techniques that will help prevent health issues from occurring.
America Psychological Association. (2015). Stress effect on the body.
Retrieved from: http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/stress-body.aspx
U.S. Department of Veterans Affair. (2015). Manage stress.
Retrieved from: http://www.prevention.va.gov/Healthy_Living/Manage_Stress.asp