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Your first step in managing stress

Managing stress adequately would require the need to first be able to identify the main causes of the presence of stress within the confines of the individual’s life. When this has been identified then the relevant steps can be taken to address the stress inducing circumstances.

1st Step
Some of the more common signs of stress are nervousness, withdrawal, constant tiredness, frequent headaches, increased use of alcohol, smoking and other unhealthy habits, an unexpected loss or increase in the diet intake or body weight, restless sleep and irrational emotional outbursts and behavior patterns.
There are all indications of an individual suffering from high level of stress. In recent times, the stress levels of most people have been so alarming, that more often than not, hospitalization has to be recommended, where complete rest and medication is prescribed to normalize the body systems. Research has also been able to show that life expectancies have reduced drastically due to the presence of stress.
Therefore, the idea behind managing the stress is all about gaining control over the stress which should be to identify and address the possible causes of the stress, and then work towards ways to overcome it effectively.
Once the symptoms can be identified and linked to stress condition, then the proper approach can be matched to the symptoms to improve the situation.
This would require the individual to have a clear plan drawn up which would be based of combating the stress occurrences with very

practical and proven methods. These methods may include the use of a proper diet, exercise or the actual physical change of environment.
Being able to focus on a holistic view of the situation that causes the stress rather the one particular action that triggers it, will help the individual better understand and seek ways to avoid or improve on the circumstances that spark the onset of stress.