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01 Feb 2020

Stress Management Techniques, Diagnosis, and Treatment

Stress Management Techniques, Diagnosis, and Treatment - Asura

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Stress, in everyday terms, is the feeling that people have when they are overloaded and struggle to cope with demands. These demands can be related to finance, work, relationships, other matters and situations, but anything that poses a real or perceived challenge or threat to one's well-being can cause stress.

If someone is exposed to an indication of stress, the doctor will usually diagnose stress by asking the patient about life's symptoms and events. The diagnosis is complex and it depends on many factors. Factors like questionnaires, biochemical measures, and physiological techniques have been used, but these may not be objective or effective.

The most direct way to diagnose stress and its impact on a person is through comprehensive, stress-oriented face-to-face interviews.

Stress Treatment

Treatment includes self-help and, in some cases where stress is caused by the underlying condition, certain medications.

Therapies that can help induce relaxation include aromatherapy or reflexology. Some insurance providers cover this type of treatment, but make sure to check before pursuing this treatment.

Medication

Usually, doctors will not prescribe medications to deal with stress, unless the patient has an underlying disease, such as depression or type of anxiety.

In that case, doctors will have to treat a mental illness and not stress. In such cases, antidepressants can be prescribed. However, there is a risk that the medication will only cover stress, rather than helping you deal with it. Antidepressants can also have side effects.

Developing several coping strategies before stress can help a person manage a new situation and maintain physical and mental health. If you have experienced extreme stress, seek medical help.

Stress management so as not to get worse

Here are some lifestyle choices that you can take to manage or prevent feeling stress.

  • Massage, yoga, or listening to music can help relieve or prevent stress.
  • Exercise: Research shows that exercise can benefit a person's mental and physical condition.
  • Reducing alcohol intake, drugs, and caffeine: These substances will not help prevent stress, and they can make it worse. Intake of these substances must be cut or reduced.
  • Nutrition: A healthy and balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables helps maintain the immune system in times of stress. Poor eating patterns will cause poor health and additional stress.
  • Prioritize: Spend a little time organizing your to-do list to see what matters most. Then, focus on what you have accomplished on that day, rather than what you have not yet completed.
  • Time: Set aside time each day just for you. Use it to organize your life, relax and pursue your own interests.
  • Breathing and relaxation: Meditation, massage and yoga can help. Breathing and relaxation techniques can slow down the system and help you relax. Breathing is also a central part of mindfulness meditation.
  • Talking: Talking with your family, friends, coworkers, and superiors about your thoughts and worries will help you "release your energy." You might be comforted from finding that you are "not the only one." You might even find an easy solution for your problem that you haven't thought of.
  • Acknowledge the signs: A person can be so anxious about problems that cause stress that he/she doesn't pay attention to its effects on the body.

Paying attention to symptoms is the first step to take action. People who experience stress due to long working hours may need to "take a step back." Maybe it's time to review your work practices or talk to supervisors about reducing the burden.

Even if you don't feel stressed now, being part of a group can prevent stress from developing and provide practical support and assistance when hard times come. Online social networking can help, as long as it doesn't replace face-to-face contact. This can allow you to stay in touch with friends and family who are far away, and in return also reduce anxiety.

If stress affects your daily life, you should seek professional help. A doctor or psychiatric specialist can often help, for example, through stress management training.

Stress management techniques

Stress management can help:

  • eliminate or change the source of stress
  • change the way you see stressful events
  • reduce the impact that stress might have on your body
  • learn alternative ways to overcome
  • Stress management therapy pursues one or more of these approaches.

Techniques for stress management can be obtained from self-help books, online resources, or by taking a stress management course. A counselor or psychotherapist can connect someone experiencing stress with a personal development course or individual and group therapy sessions.

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