Wednesday, May 25, 2005

Stress: Symptoms and Management

Just want to share this useful information I received on May 13, 2005, during International Nurses Day exhibition. The exhibition was organised by School of Nursing.

SYMPTOMS OF STRESS

* Tension

*Inability to concentrate

*Feeling excessively tired

*A pounding heart

*Sweating palms

*Tight Muscles

*Sleep disturbances

*Depression

*Irritability

*Overreactions

*Memory problems

SMART STRESS MANAGEMENT

1. Be aware of your stressors and your emotional and physical reactions

2. Learn to play

3. Do regular physical exercises

4. Maintain your emotional reserves. Develop mutually supportive relationships.

Pursuerealistic meaningful goals

5. Talk out your troubles

6. Be a friend to yourself

7. Learn to plan

8. Avoid unnecessary competition

9. Build your physical reserves: be active, eat well-balanced, nutritious meals,

avoid nicotine, excessive caffeine

10. Get enough sleep.

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