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Stress & Anxiety
It’s that time of the year – exams are close, reports are due, financials need to be wrapped up. It’s enough to make even the most chilled out amongst us want to run away.
Believe it or not, stress can be good for you. Short term stress (like being 10 minutes away from a deadline) leads to rapid changes throughout the body, with almost all systems gearing up to meet perceived danger (like missing the deadline). This quick acting stress response keeps us on our toes and is important in other similar life or death situations. Its ongoing stress that’s the problem. Those who feel continuously anxious or overwhelmed are 27% more likely to suffer a heart attack, that’s the equivalent of smoking 5 cigarettes a day.
So how best to deal with stress? Well avoiding it is your best bet, but when it comes to an angry boss or teacher there are only so many places to hide so here are a few other alternatives. Get into a good sleep routine – sleep recharges your emotions which will help you cope with anything unexpected. Eating a balanced diet which includes key stress busting nutrients, like vitamin B is a must, and then of course there is exercise, which busts stress in every which way possible.
You can’t change your own temperament, or sadly, those of the people around you, but you can change the way in which you deal with stressful situations. Just make sure you keep your own health the priority for the day.