Emotional Health: dealing with stress
Many people take their health for granted; their physical health as well as their emotional health and they often times won’t do anything about it until problems appear. Maintaining physical health requires a lot of work sometimes and so it is with emotional health. Even though you might not always see the consequences of not being emotionally healthy right away, your body is reacting to the way you feel. Whenever I am stressed, my body is alert and is very quickly informing me that something doesn’t seem right. I get stomach aches, headaches and I feel tired all the time. The body-mind connection is a very important one. According to Familydoctor.ord Editorial Staff (2004), your body responds to the way you think, feel and act. This is often called the mind/body connection. When you are stressed, anxious or upset, your body tries to tell you that something isn’t right. In your case, high blood pressure or a stomach ulcer might develop after a particularly stressful event. Stress becomes more dangerous when it gets in the way of your ability to live a normal life over an extended period. You may feel tired, unable to concentrate or irritable. Stress can have a big impact on your physical health. A lot of stress can impact your immune system, which will lead to a lowers resistance to getting sick. As college students, you need a strong immune system because by being surrounded by so many people, the risk of contacting a virus is very high. “People with good emotional health are aware of their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. They have learned healthy ways to cope with the stress and problems that are a normal part of life. They feel good about themselves and have healthy relationships.” (Familydoctor.org Editorial Staff, 2004) Melinda Smith et al. (2008) say that one of the first steps we need to take in dealing with stress is identifying the source of it. Many times that is not very easy to determine and is often times...
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