Understanding What Causes Stress
The first stage in preventing
and lowering your own levels of stress is recognizing what stress
is and what the major causes of stress are.
How is Stress Affecting YOU?
How stressed out are YOU?
Let's take a look into what may
be causing your stress levels to
be where they currently are.
Develop a Stress-Relief
Here are some tips for staying
healthy throughout the year on campus and more.
YOUR Stress Relief PLAN : Managing Daily Habits
Knowing how to manage stress
on a day-to-day basis can be just
as tough as dealing with the
stress itself. Here is a guide to
help you along the way.
Stress Relief Products
In addition to a regular stress management program, there
are many tools available to
assist you on your path to a
Common Fitness Complaints
esearch is proving more and more how being fit and staying active are truly the magic keys to living longer and feeling better. But many of us let our fitness ambitions become sidetracked by physical complaints. Instead of giving up, see if your concern is listed below and take appropriate action.
Chest pains. If you get chest pains while exercising, stop immediately and contact your doctor. Seek emergency help if you have other heart attack signs, too. But remember that chest pains also can be symptoms of other problems.
Side stitches. If these stabbing pains in your side are becoming a frequent menace, try not to eat for at least an hour prior to exercising, and be sure to drink plenty of water. When you get a side stitch, try rubbing the area to increase circulation or try belly breathing.
Low back pain. If your back is bothering you, skip exercises that stress your back. Once you've healed, start again, making sure to use proper form (especially when weight training). Also, do stretching and strengthening exercises for your back and abdominal muscles, to improve overall flexibility and core strength.
Dizziness. If you hold your breath during exercise - especially during weight training - your blood pressure becomes elevated and your pulse drops. That means your blood pressure can also drop quickly once you rest, causing you to feel dizzy. Be sure to breathe normally during all forms of exercise.
Muscle soreness. Low-grade muscle pain that develops within 48 hours is normal after a challenging workout and will disappear with time and a steady exercise program. Icing the area can help in the short term. To minimize regular soreness, be sure to exercise on nonconsecutive days and always stretch at the end of your workout.
Aching joints. Remember RICE. Rest, Ice, Compression (such as an elastic bandage) and keeping the injured arm or leg Elevated are the time-honored treatments for aching joints. Your doctor also may recommend an anti-inflammatory medication. Be sure to stop the activity that caused your injury until the joint has had time to heal. When you do resume playing, take appropriate steps to prevent re-injury: obtain different equipment or consult a sports medicine specialist.
Shoulder, hand or wrist pain. This can mean torn or strained muscles, mild bone fractures, carpal tunnel syndrome, osteoarthritis, ganglion cysts or other physical stress-related conditions. Discontinue the exercise, and see your doctor.
When should I be worried?
In general, see your doctor if any exercise-related aches and pains:
- persist for more than two or three weeks and gradually get worse.
- interfere with your daily routine.
- appear suddenly.