Stress is often experienced as a feeling of tension and pressure. Stress usually results from expectations we place upon ourselves or from external demands. When the internal expectations or external demands exceed our available resources then we usually experience stress. When stress builds up and becomes chronic it can affect our mental and physical health. Fortunately, there are a variety of strategies, both mental and physical that can help us alleviate our stress and prevent it from becoming chronic and debilitating.
Stress reduction activities include: relaxation exercises such as deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, guided visual imagery, yoga and other forms of physical exercise, mindfulness, and meditation, The resources listed here will provide your with more information about stress reduction and coping. If you would like further assistance in managing stress contact my office (link to contact form) and we can discuss your stress and better ways to cope.
Stress Reduction and Relaxation Workbook by Davis, Robbins Eshelman, & McKay
Relaxation Response by Herbert Benson