Stress is the --- "wear and tear" our bodies experience as we adjust to our continually changing environment; it has physical and emotional effects on us and can create positive or negative feelings. As a positive influence stress can compel us into action; it can result in a new awareness and an exciting new perspective. As a negative influence it can result in feelings of distrust, rejection, anger, and depression, which in turn can lead to health problems such as headaches, upset stomach, rashes, insomnia, ulcers, high blood pressure,heart disease and stroke. As we adjust to different circumstances, stress will help or hinder us depending on how we react to it.
Self care is care directed towards yourself in a loving nurturing fashion with the same commitment you would have towards your loved ones. How we react to stress either
promotes or undermines effective self care and our ability to provide care to others.
When stress occurs it is important to recognize and deal with it. The following are some suggestions for some ways of handling stress.
Try physical activity. Remember your body and your mind work together. Physical activity can have a broad range of choices from gardening to running or walking.
Share your stress. Talk to someone about your concerns or worries. This could be a friend, family member, or clergy. Get involved in a support group and if you think your
problem is serious, you might seek professional help from a mental health professional. Sharing your worries or concerns can help you to see your problems in a different light.
Know your limits. If a problem is beyond your control and cannot be changed at the moment - learn to accept what it is for now - until such time when you can change it. Learn how and when to say "no".