How Well Do You Handle Stress?

Take a good look at how you cope with stress during Stress Awareness Month

Into every day a little stress must fall, and everyone reacts to stress in different ways. Some people will feeStress-and-Drivingl ill, with headaches, stomachaches, and depression. Others might view their stress as an opportunity, and use it as a reason to ramp up their exercise program to ease anxiety.

But there are many people out there who have no idea how to keep their stress at bay, and instead of letting it overwhelm them, they self-medicate by having a few drinks or binge drinking. When you combine alcohol with the fight or flight cellular response created in the body by stress, you have a recipe for disaster. That’s why it’s so important to learn how to deal with stress properly.

In an effort to promote the appropriate methods for decreasing the stress you feel, the Health Resource Network has designated April as Stress Awareness Month. It’s the perfect time to sit down and take a hard look at how you deal with your work issues, worry over your family life, and financial issues, then change your reactions for the better. Once you have a handle on your stress, you’ll be able to meet your daily challenges without needing any sort of crutch to lean on.