Managing Stress
Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Stress not only affects us mentally but physically as well. Long-term stress can increase the risk of heart disease, depression and many other health issues. Dr. Edward Hill takes a look at some ways to manage the stress in our lives in today’s 60 Second Housecall.

It may seem that there’s nothing you can do about your stress level. But you have a lot more control than you think.

Stress management starts with identifying the sources of stress in your life. Stress-management skills work best when they’re used regularly, not just when the pressure’s on.

Here are some things that can help keep stress under control.

* Exercise. Regular exercise is one of the best ways to manage stress. Walking is a great way to get started.

* Learn better ways to manage your time. You may get more done with less stress if you make a schedule. Think about which things are most important, and do those first.

* Take good care of yourself. Get plenty of rest. Eat well. Don’t smoke. Limit how much alcohol you drink.

* Speak up. Not being able to talk about your needs and concerns creates stress and can make negative feelings worse.

* Ask for help. People who have a strong network of family and friends manage stress better.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, I’m Dr. Edward Hill.