We know that stress is unhealthy. It can lead to health problems such as headaches, gastrointestinal problems, ulcers, and a weakened immune system. It can affect sleep patterns, and can contribute to psychological difficulties including depression and anxiety .
We have a dilemma, for few among us live stress-free lives. There will always be potential stressors, along with some very real ones. The good news is there are ways we can counteract the negative effects of stress .
Sometimes we can change the way we look at life, and become more accepting of the inevitable struggles. Learning to relax makes a huge difference, but is not always easy to do. Engaging in relaxing activities can help, as can exercise. Spending time with animals is often helpful. Some find prayer or meditation soothing. It is true that it is not so much what is happening that creates stress, but rather how we think about and respond to what is happening that creates a problem.
If you are unable to break the stress pattern yourself, a few therapy sessions can be useful in speeding your progress. It is possible to change how you look at things, and to learn to control the way your body reacts to stress. Doing so is a wise investment in your health, and the quality of your life.
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