Monday, June 27, 2011

Manifestation of Stress

"It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it” ~ Hans Selye

It’s rather easy to talk about managing stress but it’s really hard to put it into practice.  One of my sister’s makes a living helping others get healthy.  This means when I have an ailment she typically relates it to an emotional response/problem within my head.   Most of the time, she is spot on.

I guess it’s no wonder that for the first time in two centuries, the current generation of children may have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. 

How do you reduce your stress level?

12 comments:

  1. Running and/or working out! I also am a list-maker a.k.a. writing down everything that I need/want to do when I'm stressed helps me reduce the stress levels. But the exercise endorphins definitely help.

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  2. Running, laughing, and the spa!

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  3. I hadn't heard before that the current generation of children may have shorter life spans. But it's not surprising.

    Edwin Friedman describes our period in history as an "age of anxiety." Economic, political, military and societal factors have Americans on edge, producing all sorts of emotional and physical distresses. Violence is one outcome of anxious times.

    How to de-stress? Biggest thing for me: remember God is still in charge. A walk in the country. Relaxing evening at home with family.

    Good post.

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  4. i reduce stress through exercise. it works for me, every time :) We are in control of NOTHING and that makes me happy knowing it's all in God's hands anyway.

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  5. I think exercise is a good way...or just getting outside...or a good cup of coffee!

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  6. It's amazing how stress (or our response to it, as you quoted) affects so many facets of our lives. It's very true though. How do I reduce stress? I guess I mainly do that by 'talking' about it, either really verbally or in written form (hence my blog, hehehe). It really is the cheaper therapy, don't you think? Recently I've also discovered that running on the treadmill helps clear my mind so I guess that counts too. Thanks TV and I hope you have a good week ahead!

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  7. Deep breaths, playing outside with my kids, running, prayer. Sometimes I just have to remind myself not to sweat the small stuff, especially when I find myself worrying about things that are trivial in the grand scheme of things.

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  8. This is a challenge for me. I do agree that it's the reaction to stress that is bad for our bodies, not necessarily the stress itself. I try to do the things I love: being outdoors, spending quiet time by myself, reading. I try to surround myself with loving, positive people.

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  9. I have to make decisions to not be around negative energy or negative people.

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  10. I sometimes find that breathing exercises calm me down when I am feeling stressed....totally doesn't work for everyone but, it does for me. Praying calms me down and just trying to work through why I feel the way I do and get to the bottom of why I feel the way I do.

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  11. Remove myself from the stressor for a bit. Of course, when I stress myself out, it's harder to remove myself from myself, ha. That's when I pray, breathe, or talk to someone in person.

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  12. Yes, I know that I let stress get the best of me. I find that taking long walks tremendously reduces my stress level since it gives me time to reflect on everything, find answers, or simply realize that the problem isn't even worth thinking about... I definitely hope to teach this lesson to my son because it's so true. Stress can shorten our life expectancy, and it does seem like each generation has more of it. This is such a great post!

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