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Chronic stress can occur when our bodies are in a heightened response state for a prolonged period of time. If we have not learned to manage our stress effectively, a constant exposure or accumulation of stressors will eventually cause the brain, heart, muscles, and lungs to become overloaded, leading to both physical and psychological harm. Many studies have shown that a number of medical conditions, ranging from indigestion to heart disease, can be caused or made worse by chronic stress. No wonder we feel so physically tired when the demands placed on us outpace our capacity to deal with them.

Fortunately, there are a variety of relatively simple techniques for managing acute and chronic stress that you can learn to use on your own or with the help of trained professionals. Many of these stress management methods have been thoroughly researched and have been shown to be effective at improving how we respond to stress. Mastery of these techniques can help you to:

  • Calm your immediate reactions to stress
  • Relieve the built-up tension that accumulates with chronic stress
  • Maintain a healthy state of balance

Stress Management Tools

  • Listen to music
  • Fitness and relaxation exercises
  • Communication (sharing your feelings with someone who cares for you)
  • Group and individual counselling
  • Meditation
  • Biofeedback
  • Self-help videos and books

Obviously, this list from AlphaNet’s BFRG is only a partial list. What do you do to de-stress?