Thursday, April 8, 2010

Tips & Resources on Managing Your Stress

Stress comes in all shapes and sizes, and it has become so universal that it seems to affect everything and everyone. Levels of stress, both physical and mental, and the ability to cope with it are different for everyone. You can learn how to utilize and transform stress so that it will make you more productive and less self-destructive.

All stress isn't bad. Stress can initiate change, help us focus on the task at hand, and in some cases even save our lives. Yet, when stress builds up, it can result in the opposites and cause us to spin our wheels, keep us from concentrating, and cause injury or even loss of life.

The first tip in managing stress is to recognize your stressors. The next step is to put each of them in their place. While there's a wealth of information about the effects of stress, it can be stressful trying to wade through it all! Here are a few resources to get you started in learning about the effects of stress that can go a long way in helping you understand stress and its role in your life. This can help you quickly and easily learn more about the effects of stress and find some effective stress management techniques that will work for you and you can incorporate into you life right now.

Discovery Health
Stress Management Center

American Institute of Stress
A non-profit organization providing information on all stress-related subjects.

WebMD
Reducing stress, stress symptoms, causes, treatments and relief

About.com
Understanding stress: stress basics, causes of stress and research

HelpGuide.org
How to reduce, prevent and cope with stress

MedicineNet
A complete overview of stress, history of stress, side effects of stress and managing stress

There is also a free, ten-week e-course that will help you examine the role of stress in your life, and learn stress management techniques to transform your life from a source of stress to a source of joy and vitality.
Course: Living a Low-Stress Lifestyle