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Our body’s natural stress response – the “fight or flight” response – was meant to protect us against predators. Such threats are rare today, but that doesn’t mean that our lives are stress-free.
We each face multiple stresses every day, such as huge workloads, making ends meet, and just getting through the rush hour. Our bodies react to too much stress by pumping out increased levels of hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. The long-term activation of the stress-response system — and the subsequent overproduction of hormones —disrupts our body’s processes and puts us at increased risk of heart disease, digestive issues, sleep problems, obesity, depression, memory impairment, and chronic skin conditions, such as eczema. “We can fight back,” says mental health counselor Jennifer Rerngsamai, LCSW. “We don’t have to let stress control our lives.”
Jen suggests carving out time to unwind, even if it’s just taking a break with your iPod. “Make time to do something you enjoy every day,” says Jen, “even if it’s just for half an hour. Schedule the time on your calendar, just like a regular appointment.”
Jen also advises list-making. “We unburden ourselves by putting our ‘to dos’ down on paper, and we derive a sense of accomplishment as we check items off our list.” Set limits on what you can reasonably do for others.
Getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, and exercising to increase endorphin levels also help handle stress.
When You’re Too Stressed
“If someone recognizes that their stress level is more than they can handle, it’s time to see a counselor who can guide you step by step to improve both your mental and physical well being,” says Jen. “We can help you to set goals, work through obstacles, and assess medications for better overall health. Call for an appointment. You don’t have to do it alone.”
Call for an appointment at Bay Behavioral Health:
Perth Amboy (732) 324-5199
Old Bridge (732) 360-0287

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