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STRESS: How do we manage them?

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What is stress?
Stress is basically a certain tension that is felt when we are nervous, scared or angry. Everyone from all walks of life, be it young or old, faces stress. Everyone reacts differently to stress.

Some might be able to manage it mentally, while others might present with some physical symptoms.

This is a platform where I share some resources on how we can manage stress whether you are a student or a working adult. Aside from the website, do read the comments section on my thoughts about the article that I'm sharing as well. What is stress? Feeling stressed?

What is stress?

Stress Symptoms, Signs, and Causes. In today’s fast-paced world, chronic stress is common, but your mind and body can pay a high price.

This webpage shows a variety of physical symptopms that different people may have when we face stress. By identifying them, we can lookout for them find ways to make our bodies feel better by managing the symptoms. – celestinetan

Learn to recognize overwhelming stress—and what you can do about it.

Stress Symptoms, Signs, and Causes

What is stress? Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand or threat. When you sense danger—whether it’s real or imagined—the body’s defenses kick into high gear in a rapid, automatic process known as the “fight-or-flight” reaction or the “stress response.” Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend.

After watching this TED talk video, I think it helps people to have a change of perspective in the way we view stress. I think most people would know that stresses are not totally bad for a person and small amounts of stress may even make a person perform better or excel in certain things that we are doing. Perhaps the problem sometimes lies in how we view stress. Rather than avoiding it, its about making a stress a "useful energy" than an unavoidable enemy. This "shifting perspective" that Kelly McGonigal presents is truly explaining what "mind over matter" it. – celestinetan

27 Time Management Tips To Work Less and Play More. People with cluttered inboxes spend so much time on email than others.

27 Time Management Tips To Work Less and Play More

The best way to speed up email communication and waste less time on superfluous exchanges is to organize your inbox. Gmail offers a variety of features which will help you dominate your bottomless pit of incoming mail. If you use some other client consider switching to Gmail (either through POP3, SMTP, and forwarding). Let’s see some tricks that will help you sift through, organize and answer emails more quickly. - Archive emails that might contain some important info but don’t need an immediate answer.- Create actionable labels like URGENT, WAITING, NEEDS ACTION.- Use Filters to automatically assign Labels to incoming mail based on sender or some other information/keyword they contain.- You can even label all newsletters by setting up a filter for every email that contains the word ‘Unsubscribe’.- Enable Canned Responses and create templates from emails that you have sent more than twice.

4 Tips To Change the Way You Deal with Stress. Dr.

4 Tips To Change the Way You Deal with Stress

James C. Dobson once said “there are very few certainties that touch us all in this mortal experience, but one of the absolutes is that we will experience hardship and stress at some point.” Stress may be inevitable, but how we handle it is our choice. Stress is different for all individuals, so there is no “cookie cutter” solution to manage it. You may have to experiment to find what works best for you. When dealing with stressful situations, consider the four points below. Nothing and no one can “make” you feel anything. The Science Behind Student Stress. A new study finds that when students experience an academic setback such as a bad grade, the amount of cortisol—the so-called stress hormone—in their bodies typically spikes. For most students it drops back down to normal levels a day later, but for some it stays high. These students remain fixated on the setback and have difficulty moving forward.

The researchers analyzed the stress levels of students at two high schools in central Texas during an especially stressful time—the transition into high school. Students completed daily surveys asking about the stress they experienced, and daily saliva samples were collected to measure their cortisol levels. A majority of these students—68 percent—experienced a drop in grades in the first semester and reported feeling stressed as a result.

“Declining grades may get ‘under the skin,’ as it were, for first-year high school students who believe intelligence is a fixed trait,” explains Hae Yeon Lee, the study’s lead author. Finding Meaning Can Protect Against Stress. There’s plenty not to like about stress.

Finding Meaning Can Protect Against Stress

The worrying. The tension. The not being able to relax and enjoy yourself. But one of the worst parts of stress might be the sheer pointlessness of it. Simple Stress Management. While it may seem like there’s nothing you can do about stress at work and home, there are steps you can take to relieve the pressure and regain control.

I find this article useful because aside from stating the things that we know such as exercising, it even gives us some reflecting questions to guide us on our thinking, to help us cope with stress both mentally and physically. I like how this article uses Acronyms to help us remember certain key questions and areas of our lives we can reflect on. – celestinetan

Why is it so important to manage stress?

Simple Stress Management

If you’re living with high levels of stress, you’re putting your entire well-being at risk. Stress wreaks havoc on your emotional equilibrium, as well as your physical health. It narrows your ability to think clearly, function effectively, and enjoy life. 10 Simple Ways to Cope with Stress. 9 Simple Ways to Deal With Stress at Work.

According to research, the percentage of Americans who are stressed at work is high, and it’s only getting higher.

9 Simple Ways to Deal With Stress at Work

According to the CDC’s National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, studies have found the number of Americans who are “extremely stressed at work” range between 29 percent to 40 percent.1 Unfortunately, work stress has significant health consequences that range from the relatively benign—more colds and flu—to the more serious, like heart disease and metabolic syndrome.2 But, because stress at work is so common, finding a low-stress job may be difficult or impossible for many people. A more realistic choice would be to simply adopt more effective strategies to reduce stress at work. Here are some stress management techniques to try. Start Your Day off Right Be Clear on Requirements. 9 foods that help reduce anxiety.


9 foods that help reduce anxiety

Brazil nuts Brazil nuts are high in selenium. Selenium may improve mood by reducing inflammation, which is often at heightened levels when someone has a mood disorder, such as anxiety. Selenium is also an antioxidant, which helps prevent cell damage. It is also anti-carcinogenic, which helps to prevent cancer from developing. Other nuts, animal products, and vegetables, such as mushrooms and soybeans, are an excellent source of selenium. Relaxation Technique. 10 Places you should go for stress relief. Everyone needs to get away to get relief from stress at some point.

10 Places you should go for stress relief

However, actually getting away can be difficult. Sometimes a few hours is all a busy schedule can afford, so if your brain needs a break from all the commotion in your life, here are 10 places you can go for a little relief.