5 Sites for Understanding and Managing Stress
Every person responds to stress differently and the effects of stress are different for everyone. The Mayo Clinic offers common coping patterns, such as smoking or eating that might actually add stress or additional health problems to one’s life. Once you recognize the patterns, you can reject them in favor of more positive coping methods, such as exercising, laughing, or taking a few moments of alone time every day.
A San Francisco Chronicle article offers tips about simple ways we can deal with stress on a daily basis. Much of the stress that we experience is often caused by too-high expectations of what we and others can accomplish with a given period of time. ”Listen to your body,” suggests a Stanford psychiatry professor. “It’s smarter than you are, and it’s telling you you’re taking on too much.”
Oprah Winfrey’s site provides tips from Debbie Mandel, author of “Addicted to Stress,” on how to turn stress into strength. According to Greene, women are particularly likely to become addicted to stress because they don’t pay attention to their own needs. Learning to become a “healthy narcissist,” building a better body and nurturing a sense of fun and humor are some of the suggested ways to transform the energy generated by stress into something positive that allows you to reclaim your true self.