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Keep Your Cool When Stress Hits by June
Stress is a common feature in our modern lives. People from all
walks of life feel stress in numerous ways. The most common reaction to stress
is the "fight or flight" response. It's automatic. Yet, you can learn how to
control your reaction to stressful situations. A clear mind will help you to
make the best choices during stress, without anxiety or frustration.
Stress is a fact of modern life. Think back and recall the events of your day
thus far. How many times did you feel the effects of stress? None? You are a
rare bird! At least three or four? You're right in there with the rest of us.
Every day, in countless situations we all deal with stressful events and
situations. So, how do you avoid getting tied in knots over and over? The answer
is simple. Use your head.
"How?" you ask. Think about what happens in your body when you are feeling
stressed out. What do you feel? Dry mouth and tense shoulders? Butterflies or
knots in your stomach? The urge to scream? Moods that swing from anger to
depression? These are common. They can also be dealt with in a step by step way.
After all, you are in control of the way you react to things.
Okay, say your boss is glaring at you after you deliver a report on the work
you stayed up all night revising. You feel a whopper stress reaction coming on.
It's so big that you could swoon any minute. What should you do? Run and hide?
Try to explain? It's best to take it in three easy steps!
The first step in dealing with stress is oxygen. Often, our automatic
reaction in a stress situation is to hold our breath or to breathe shallowly.
You can learn to control your breathing. Make it deep, slow and rich. Exhale
twice as long as you inhale. The extra oxygen will help resolve the effects of
the disruptive hormones that surge through your system when you feel stressed
second thing to is to wax philosophical. Huh? You read that right - get
philosophical. See the stressful situation from a "bigger picture" view. In the
wider scheme of things is this event that is tying you up in knots important? Is
it worth sweating over? Probably not! So, why let it wear on you so badly?
Where's Your Sense of Humor?
The third thing comes out of the second - see the humor in it all. You may
surprisingly feel like chuckling, even laughing to yourself about the absurdity
of it all. If you can get to this point, your stress symptoms will go away
quickly. You'd be amazed at how a little humor can heal your anxious mind and
body. The fright hormones taper off, and the "feel-good" endorphins begin to
flow. You start to feel good - to feel clear. You can cope without discomfort or
Remember the formula the next time you feel stress in your life. Breathe deep
- Stand back and detach - find the funny side of the situation. Sounds simple,
doesn't it? Simple it is, but
powerfully effective. Apply it, and life will seem much lighter, more sane. You
will feel more in control and focused. Not a bad payoff for a little bit of
effort. Try it. It feels good! You become the calm within the storm.
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Stress Free Net offers
resources and psychologist support for taking control of your reactions to
Assessment is an online tool for examining your life stress.
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