StressedWomanStress is a normal occurrence in our world of everyday life. It can be defined as good or bad, depending on the person and situation. An example of good stress could be daily exercise. A bad stress example could be losing a loved one.

According to Medicorp’s Reference Manual stress is “a good or bad change, which evokes a generalized physiological response of the body to physical, psychological, or environmental demands”.

In times of severe, negative stress, appetite is suppressed. The body experiences a whole series of reactions which usually results in digestion becoming a low priority as it prepares to go into “fight or flight” mode. This is an “alarm response” to the stress. However, not eating or under eating results in nutrient deficiencies, energy depletion, and tissue breakdown.

Some people respond to less severe stress by over eating because food can have a calming effect.

Here are some proven stress reducers to help minimize the negative stress in your life.

• Identify your stressors. Some examples may include lifestyle changes, relationships, illness, finances, and time management.

• Understand your reactions to stress. Stress can cause physical symptoms like headaches and sleep disorders. It can also alter behaviors like increasing alcohol consumption or drug use.

• Maintain a positive mental dialogue. Eliminate destructive self-talk.

• Talk it out with a good friend or counselor to help clear your mind of confusion so you can focus on problem solving.

• Practice relaxation techniques, like taking a yoga class or a hot bath. Use them on a regular basis.

• Learn to live in the present, one day at a time.