Friday, 7 October 2011

Stress Management

There is no definite form of stress nor can anyone be immune to stress.

Hans Selye, a pioneering endocrinologist, once said, “Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.” No doubt stress has been commonly linked for a number of human ailments ranging from the cosmetic (hair loss, acne, wrinkles) to the deadly – high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease and even cancer. The crux here, however, is knowing how to manage stress level such that it does not negatively affect us in our daily functioning.

We need Stress -- At least a certain amount of it. A little stress and tension is essential for the better functioning of our daily activities. It is tantamount to our mental motivation, better focus and as a source of energy for our work. Attempting to eliminate stress is unrealistic, since stress is unavoidable and unconsciously embedded in most aspects of our lives.

You need to be aware when you are feeling stressed. Recognize the symptoms when the stress gets unconsciously overwhelming for your mental and physical being. Manifestations of excess or poorly managed stress can be extremely varied. They typically range from increased occurrences of headaches, sleep disturbances, shorter fuse, lower productivity etc. If left unmanaged, symptoms can be fuelled to a increased severeness that could affect your daily functioning.

We may be left helpless to contextual as well as external stressors in our lives but at the very least we are able to take control of how we allow it to affect our lives – Live positively!

Hans Selye ~ Its not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it ~

Chief Editor: Jeremy Chan

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