Everyone, regardless of who they are or what they do, can benefit by having some plan in place for the on-going management of stress. The common myth, that unhealthy stress and the need for appropriate management of that stress, is primarily reserved for those who work in the most stressful environments. High-powered executives and those who are in positions which carry a heavy amount of responsibility are only a small portion of the population who could benefit from a stress management program.
Let’s face, stress is a part of everyone’s life. Whether you are a high-powered executive or a stay at home mother, situations are sure to arise in which the stress of your individual life will increase, affecting the way you feel, think and act. Having a healthy way of coping with stress can make a difference to the overall state of well-being. Doctors, lawyers, nurses, waitresses, bartenders, business owners, even college students and elementary school children face their own unique brand of “stressors” every day.
From the doctor who must face the loss of a patient to the waitress who must deal with cranky, complaining customers; even the third grader, who is faced with a battery of assessment tests, stress is a part of everyday life. There are many forms of stress management, from physical exercise to visualization techniques. A stress management program can include a hot, steamy bubble bath, or a long, luxurious massage. It can also include incorporating such techniques as acupuncture, acupressure, meditation, hypnosis (or self-hypnosis) relaxation techniques and a realm of other programs or activities, uniquely tailored to fit the individual undertaking a stress reduction program.
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