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2012 Challenge: Take charge of stress

Stress is one of the world's most significant health risks, potentially contributing to the onset and progression of many health issues, including depression, heart disease, diabetes, insomnia, and cancer. You can help prevent these life-threatening health issues by adopting stress management into your everyday life.

Tips to manage stress:

1. Get active: Virtually any form of physical activity can act as a stress reliever.

2. Meditate: Meditation instills a sense of calm, peace, and balance that benefits both your emotional well-being and overall health.

3. Laugh: Laughing lightens your mental load and causes positive physical changes in your body; increasing your heart rate and blood pressure.

4. Connect: Social contact can distract you, provide support, and help you weather life's ups and downs.

5. Assert yourself: Set reasonable standards for yourself and others.

6. Yoga: Yoga brings together physical and mental disciplines to achieve peacefulness of body and mind.

7. Sleep: The quality and amount of time you spend sleeping affects your mood, energy level, concentration, and overall function.

8. Journal: Writing down thoughts can be a good release for otherwise pent-up emotions. Monitor your moods and take note of stressors.

9. Get musical: Listening to or playing music provides a mental distraction, reduces muscle tension, and decreases stress hormones.

10. Seek counsel: Therapy may be helpful if stress leaves you feeling overwhelmed, worrying excessively, or having trouble carrying out daily routines.

11. Make time for yourself: Even 10 minutes a day of "personal time" can help refresh your mental outlook and slow down your body's stress response.

12. Mentally regroup: Walk away when you're angry. Consider counting to 10 and reevaluating the situation.

If stress is interfering with your life, consider contacting your physician.


CH2M HILL AlumniConnect | January 17, 2012


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