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Understanding and Dealing With Stress

Introduction > What Is Stress? > Signs of Stress > Dealing with Stress > Long Term Strategies > Resources

Yes, I'm Stressed -- "Help!"

You've recognized you're stressed, but what can you do? There are a number of long-term strategies you can take that include changing your lifestyle, removing yourself from stressful situations, and accepting the times when you will be under stress, but for immediate stress relief -- STOP. BREATHE.

Feel a little better?

One of the most immediate and easiest ways to deal with stress is responding to your body's physical symptoms. Sometimes this can be as easy as stopping what you're doing and taking a few deep, relaxing breaths. Sound too easy? Well try it.

There -- you've already lowered your stress and your blood pressure in just a few seconds. Because our first reaction to stress is physical (our body releases chemicals, our heartbeat and breath become faster, and muscles get tense as we prepare for 'fight or flight'), your first line of defense against stress is convincing your body to relax again.

Responding to the immediate physical effects of stress can help lessen the long-term and mental effects of stress. Developing a healthier lifestyle and building activities into your schedule that help you relax can also help your body, and mind, bounce back from stress. Here are some other 'quick fixes' and long-term tips for helping you deal with the physical effects of stress.

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