Communication is key with stress

Stress happens to everyone, and it can happen at any time. Pressure from relationships, life, and work can leave one feeling continuously tense and worried.

Nov. 1 was National Stress Awareness Day. Stress Awareness Day was established by the International Stress Management Association (ISMA) to help provide information on stress and strategies on how to address it for both companies and individuals.

Registered nurseTammi LeMir said that stress can be a positive thing that drives people to meet deadlines or handle other things they may not want to do, but stress can also start to pose a serious threat if it is being endured over an extended period of time.

Working a long shift, having too many responsibilities, or emotional problems could trigger stress, she said, adding that stress will differ from subject to subject based on personality type and situations and recreational skills.

“Some people suffer from lack of sleep or over sleeping, eating too much or not enough, and with poor diet and exercise, you could feel extra fatigue,” said LeMir. “Not everyone handles stress the same way.”

She said if someone seems stressed out, you should try to talk to them about it.

“The most important thing that you could do is vent to someone; it always makes me feel a lot better,” she said.

She also said who a person talks to would also have an impact on whether or not “venting” is productive. By speaking to someone you can relate to, a person will feel better, because that individual can understand how they feel and/or the situation they are in.

“It is important that when feeling stressed, you turn to positive outlets. Some people choose to use drugs and alcohol to alleviate their stress, then they find themselves caught in a viscous cycle,” said LeMir. “My old boss told me that she liked to run when she felt stressed, and I have known a few people like her. Personally, I like to take a hot shower and think to alleviate my stress, and I enjoy being around company. I have known people who prefer to be alone when they are experiencing stress. Because I am more of an extreme extrovert, I think that interacting with others helps me get my mind off of things.”

Stress is hard to pinpoint and is situational in everyone’s case, LeMir said. That may stress out one individual may not even bother someone else. She said everyone receives stress from different sources and has different ways of dealing with that stress. And stress can lead to more serious dilemmas, such as depression and anxiety.

“Talking is the key,” said LeMir, “I can’t stress enough that by communicating your grievances with others, you can alleviate quite a bit of personal stress. Finding the time to enjoy the little things could never hurt, too.”

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