Physician developed and monitored.
Original Source: http://www.womenshealthchannel.com/stress/management.shtml
Stress Management Techniques
It is estimated that as many as 75–90% of all visits to primary care physicians are stress-related. Dealing with stress is difficult, but in most cases, it is possible to learn how to manage stress.
Stress on the job is often a serious problem. To help manage daily stress on the job, it is important to learn how to manage time efficiently and learn how to deal with conflicts and difficult situations. When tension is elevated, stress often results.
Stress management techniques that may be beneficial include the following:
- Avoid stressful situations whenever possible (e.g., leave on time for work and appointments).
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Get an adequate amount of daily exercise.
- Get enough sleep.
- Make time for enjoyable activities (e.g., reading, taking a walk, spending time with friends).
- Reduce alcohol and caffeine intake.
- Try to focus on a positive attitude.
Learning to relax, either on your own, or through stress reduction programs, is an important part of managing stress. Relaxation techniques include the following:
- Autogenic therapy
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (designed to teach patients how to use thinking to reduce physical and mental tension, stress, fear, anxiety, and pain).
- Deep breathing (involves breathing slowly and deeply; used in many relaxation techniques)
- Imagery (involves using senses [sight, smell, taste, touch, and sound] and imagination to promote relaxation)
- Massage therapy (uses touch [pressure, friction, manipulation] to promote relaxation and healing)
- Qi gong
- Tai chi (ancient method of exercise characterized by soft, flowing movements)
- Yoga (ancient method of exercise designed to restore balance and harmony in the body; increases flexibility and improves relaxation)
Autogenic therapy is based on developing a concentration and awareness of sensations throughout the body. This technique, which requires training by a qualified therapist, has been shown to improve relaxation and reduce stress.
Biofeedback involves using measuring devices to monitor responses (e.g., heart rate, blood pressure, brain activity, tension) within the body during certain activities, such as changes in position, breathing, and thinking. By using biofeedback, it is possible to learn which activities successfully reduce stress levels.
In some cases, medication may be necessary to treat chronic stress. There are several types of medication that are helpful for chronic anxiety. Talk to your health care provider if you feel you may need medication for stress.
Stress, Management reprinted with permission from womenshealthchannel.com
© 1998-2008 Healthcommunities.com, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
|Join Our Stress Forum
Do you have a question, want to share medical advice, or just need to discuss your situation with someone else having a similar experience?
The healthchannels forum is a resource for everyone to share and discuss their health and medical needs with others.
|Living with...Share your story
Do you have a personal health story that you would like to share with others?
As a source of free patient education, our goal is to provide our users with trustworthy information and support from others. That's why we've started our "Living with..." sections.
Our "Living With..." support pages are a place to share experiences about living with a certain condition, disease, disorder, or illness and for loved ones of those dealing with health-related issues.
Many people, especially when newly diagnosed, find comfort in knowing that others are having a similar experience.
Sign up for our newsletter and receive important updates on the medical conditions that are most important to you.
To quickly access health information from your website's browser,