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BY  Fred Horstman on September 19, 2013 

STRESS, it is everywhere and unless you learn to deal effectively with it and find ways to get some stress relief, it can cause some serious health problems.

Some of the most common effects on your body, mood, and behavior that prolonged exposure to stressful situations can have on you are:

  1. Headaches, muscle aches, fatigue, loss of interest in sex, changes in sleep pattern, irregular bowel habits will develop.
  2. Mood swings with increased anxiousness, lack of motivation, depression, and restlessness are common.
  3. Overeating or not eating enough, using alcohol or drugs, withdrawing from social situations, or lashing out in anger can become behavioral problems.

If you notice that you are experiencing any of these symptoms you should go speak to your doctor and have a physical checkup to make sure that you do not have any underlying problems caused by stressful situations in your life like increased blood pressure, gout, and/or diabetes.

Have the physician give you a thorough exam and then ask them how to decrease stressful situations in your life.

You could just need to take a walk everyday after dinner to alleviate some anxiety. Nothing beats exercise for stress relief and to know you are doing something good for yourself is a plus as well.

It does not even have to be intense exercise. A walk around the neighborhood will do fine.

If you have the time you could try a yoga class. Yoga is extremely effective for relieving tension and helping you remain centered and calm.

No one has to be a victim of the stressful situations life throws at us everyday. All you have to do is find ways that work for you to deal with them. You might think about aroma therapy or something else that would relax you.

You know, you could even do this at work if you could find some time. Lavender is one of the best scents used for calming. Do some research online and then order some essential oils or go buy some at your neighborhood store.

Remember that a little goes a long way. Place only a drop or two on a cotton ball or tissue and put it up to your nose and inhale slowly and deeply. Exhale through your mouth and close your eyes. Lay your head back and relax your entire body as you exhale.

Include some soft music and dim lights to enhance the calming effects of the essential oils. This is so easy to do, you could even manage to do this at work especially during a particularly rough day.

When was the last time you laughed? I mean really laughed. If you can’t remember when you last had a tear jerkin’ laugh then maybe you need to go rent a good comedy DVD or search YouTube for crazy dogs or something.

Everyone has heard that laughter is the best medicine, right? Well, it is also one of the best stress relief activities you can do for yourself, and it’s free for everyone to do. If the movie doesn’t do it for you then get together with some old friends and reminisce about old times. Just laugh. And laugh really hard.

Don’t pee your pants. On second thought, maybe you should.

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Read more: How to Deal With Stress and How to Learn Stress Relief? http://www.sooperarticles.com/health-fitness-articles/stress-articles/how-deal-stress-how-learn-stress-relief-1249112.html#ixzz2g0qSfAmZ
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