De-stress to Stay Well

This is a very stressful time of year for many of us.  The holidays and finals can add a lot to our already very full plates.  A recent article that I read stated that stress has a different affect on women than on men. Women are more likely to become stressed because they deal with many high stress situations all at once. Many women have to balance motherhood, families, and careers so they are prone to spreading themselves too thinly to get things done; oftentimes, neglecting themselves.  Too much stress on women can cause sudden weight gain or weight loss, body pain, and even heart disease.  Stress can also manifest itself physically through skin rashes, eczema, or hair loss. I was unaware of the seriousness of stress. I have recently been experiencing lots of stress because of finals so this really scares me. However, I do have good news. The article also provides helpful tips on how to relieve stress and how to prevent it in the future.  Here are a few:

  • Talk to friends
  • Listen to relaxing music
  • Exercise
  • Go to the spa
  • Help someone else
  • Count the great things in your life
  • Watch a comedic film
  • Try something new

After finals, I’m going to try some of these tips out.  Hopefully, I will keep the stress at bay, so it won’t lead to some serious health problems later.

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One Comment

  1. Posted December 31, 2009 at 10:51 am | Permalink | Reply

    Another thing that helps if you want to reduce your stress levels is maintaining (or at least trying to!) healthy eating habits. If your body is nourished and your blood sugar level is constant, you can think more clearly.

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