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OUCH! What is that?

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 next.

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:

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Marilyn Evans on Monday, October 11, 2010 10:41 PM
When I feel really overwhelmed I find time to go off by myself and pray. It really helps me to focus on only what is necessary at that time. I usually find that I'm stressed because I am trying to figure out the answer to too many questions at one time (some of these questions end up working themselves out). I also have learned to make time for myself, not to take on more than I can handle, and not to be too hard on myself if I have a few days where I can't take on the world.
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Marie on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 10:40 AM
Marilyn, Living a prayer-centered life does bring our lives into perspective and serves as a way to reduce stress. Psalm 37 v 4 says "Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart."


Joanna High on Thursday, January 27, 2011 8:57 PM
Stress affects me in different ways, depending on the environment that I'm in and the task at hand. For example, as a college student I find myself more stressful when I can't find the "right" ergonomic position or place in my home to study. Needless to say, I have a tendency, which I'm currently working on, to sit for long periods of time without taking a break. So, if I'm sitting at my computer studying, my eyes, neck, back and behind will begin to ache. I'm aware that this isn't the best practice. Henceforth, I am learning how to effectively manage my time, take small breaks and exercise.
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Marie on Friday, January 28, 2011 9:49 AM
Joanna, I am glad that you are changing those habits. Sitting too long is also not good for our posture or spine. In addition, it has other health risks such as slowing down the action of an enzyme that breaks down fats in the blood. So, stand up, move more, and move often. For those of us who have sedentary lifestyles, wearing a pedometer will help us to become aware of our movements and take more steps per day.

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