Do you get stress headaches? Tension on the back
on your head? A knot in your stomach? Or maybe you get those kinks on your
neck? No, I got it—you feel like you are
carrying bricks on your shoulder. Well,
that was an easy puzzle. The culprit is “stress”.
Well, who isn’t stressed? Remember, stress is a
function of the pressures or demands that we and others place on ourselves, and
our ability to meet them. In general, we
often feel that only adults are stressed because of the many responsibilities
in their lives. But beware that children
can be stressed as well. Not only should
you pay careful attention to your schedule before saying yes to the next
demand, but evaluate the demands on your children as well. Take time to talk to your family when
transitioning from point A to point B.
For example, many children experience the signs of stress when attending
Kindergarten for the first time or just transitioning from one grade to the
Stress is here to stay, but there are many
mechanisms to cope with it. Some of us
need to learn better ways to manage our time; others need to be more assertive
without feeling guilty by just saying no.
We can also change physically by exercising, eating properly, and getting
sufficient sleep. But one of the best
antibodies we can use to reduce stress is known as “relaxation”. Relaxation techniques such as breathing (deep
breathing, breathing to release tension, breathing to stimulate alertness, and
breathing for symptom release), progressive muscle relaxation, meditation, and visualization
are powerful ways to keep our body grounded.
Beware that some level of stress is normal. You should seek professional help when your
stress is causing serious anxiety or you are unable to manage or perform your everyday
tasks. After all, you only have one body, take care of it—you’ll be glad you
did. Test the level of stress you can handle by going to this site:
See you on the track!