Sandra May, Gambel, Elizabeth C., Pitts, Courtney L.
Do you ever feel that you are stuck in a rut? Want to get off the all-work treadmill? You could be stressed!
Stress is your body’s response to change. It is a very individual thing. What creates stress for you may not create stress for someone else. Not all stress is bad. Watching a toddler climb the steps of a slide can be stressful but also quite rewarding. Life would be very dull without some stress. The secret is to manage stress properly because unhealthy responses to stress can lead to health issues in some individuals.
It is important that individuals know when they are experiencing stress. Some stress in good. It helps us get tasks completed and react to our environment. Too much stress, however, can affect one’s overall health.
Remember that it is not stress that causes problems; it is what you do when you are stressed that is important.
The causes of stress vary with the responsibilities and the personality of the person. There are, however, some common sources of stress a caregiver experiences.
Ask yourself the following questions. If you answer “frequently” to any of them, you may be suffering from stress.
Once you know the sources of stress, determine which ones you can do something about and which are beyond your control. Successful coping involves accepting what you can and cannot change.
Usually some action can be taken to decrease stress; changes do not need to be major to make an important difference. Sometimes letting go of unrealistic expectations or adjusting your standards of how frequently or how well you perform a task (such as housekeeping) will make a difference.
Professionals who have extensive experience addressing stress agree on five basic strategies to help control the destructive effects of stress. They are:
It is important to take time to renew yourself physically, spiritually, emotionally and/or mentally. Consider taking at least one “joy break” daily.
www.webmd.com. Stress Management: 13 Ways to Prevent & Relieve Stress. Accessed May 25, 2020
Covey, S. (1997). The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families: Golden Books: New York.
Revised by: Sandra May, M.S., L.D.N., R.D., Instructor, and Courtney Pitts, M.S., Extension Associate, School of Nutrition and Food Sciences
Made available by Beth Gambel, Area Family and Consumer Science Educator, Southeast Region, LSU AgCenter