Stress management

Stress is connected to cardiovascular disease[1], hypertension[2], metabolic syndrome[3], obesity[4], emotional overeating[5]. Stress fuels depression[6] and increased cortisol levels. It impairs the immune system and increases the chance for infectious disease[7] and cancer[8].

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I set a side time to relax after stressful situations.
I express my feelings instead of bottling them up.
I work sensible hours.
I know the signs of being stressed out.
I know how to deal with conflicting priorities at work.
I don't make promises I can't keep.
I can say no.
I am able see things in perspective. I don't worry about the little things.
I set a side time for chores.
I do not resort to drugs, alcohol, bingeing, sigarettes etc. when stressed.
I make compromises.
I use a prioritised ToDo list to get on top of things.
I am not a perfectionist when it is not needed.
I evaluate if I am overexagurating the situation.
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      Research
      • [1] Lambert G, Schlaich M, Lambert E, Dawood T, Esler M. Stress reactivity and its association with increased cardiovascular risk: a role for the sympathetic nervous system? Hypertension, 2010; 55(6):e20.
      • [2] Spruill T.M. Chronic psychosocial stress and hypertension. Curr Hypertens Rep, 2010; 12(1), 10-16.
      • [3] Kyrou I., Tsigos C. Hypothalamicpituitary-adrenal axis, cytokines and metabolic syndrome. Obesity and Metabolism, 2006; 2, 116-126.
      • [4] Brunner E.J., Chandola T., Marmot M.G. Prospective effect of job strain on general and central obesity in the Whitehall II study. American Journal of Epidemiology, 2007; 165, 828-837.
      • [5] Adam T. C., Empel E. S. Stress eating and the reward system. Physiology & Behavior, 2007; 91, 449-458.
      • [6] Nemeroff C.B., Vale, W.W. The neurobiology of depression: In roads to treatment and new drug discovery. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 2005; 66, 5-13.
      • [7] Pedersen A., Zachariae, R., Bovbjerg D.H. Influence of Psychological Stress on Upper Respiratory Infection--A MetaAnalysis of Prospective Studies. Psychosom Med. 2010 Oct; 72(8):823-32
      • [8] McGregor, B.A., Antoni M.H. Psychological intervention and health outcomes among women treated for breast cancer: a review of stress pathways and biological mediators. Brain Behav Immun, 2009; 23(2), 159-166.
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