Normally, these functions return to normal after the threat of "danger" passes. If you're under constant stress, however, these processes don't stop; you become irritable and nervous, and eventually your physical well being is affected. Heart disease, digestive problems, insomnia, and depression can result from unrelenting stress.
Try the following easy to do, quick stress relievers the next time you're faced with one of these common stress inducing scenarios to ward off potential health risks.
Instead of stressing yourself out further by listening to the traffic report over and over, keep a stash of relaxation CDs in your car. Nature sounds, or soothing classical music helps keep you calm until you can get moving again.
Take advantage of down time while waiting in line at the DMV, supermarket, or Macy's at holiday time. Organize your wallet, update your address book, balance your checkbook (unless that adds stress!), or bring along crossword puzzles for times you anticipate waiting in line. Or keep toned by practicing isometric exercises (tighten stomach muscles and hold) or balance on one leg to improve coordination.
If you feel overwhelmed with demands from your kids and your husband, try to break away for a short walk or breathing session (see above) as a personal "time out." Exercise puts you in a better frame of mind and relaxes you. Or, if that's not possible, have them join you for a walk or invent a game you can all play together. Pop a funny movie into the DVD player to lighten the atmosphere.
Interviewing for a job can be stressful. Aside from being well-prepared, be sure to drink water a couple hours before the interview. The reason: even mild dehydration can cause fatigue, mental fogginess, and headaches, all of which create additional stress in an already stressful situation. And, if time allows, practice breathing exercises in your car before the interview.
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