Tuesday, July 14, 2009

How to De-Stress a Recession-Riddled Life

“Recessions are bad for the stress level, as many in the midst of the current economic situation know and surveys prove. Perhaps not surprisingly, nearly half of the 1,791 adults polled for the American Psychological Association's latest Stress in America survey said that their stress had increased in the past year. As a result, more than half reported fatigue, 60 percent said they were irritable or angry, and more than half said they lie awake at night because of stress. Other researchers have found that stress adds years to a person's life but that those who cope with it effectively have higher levels of what's known as ‘good’ cholesterol. To de-stress, people are supposed to exercise, eat right, find a way to calm down. But it's crucial to find the technique or techniques that work for you, Rosch said. ‘You have to find out what works for you so that you will practice and adhere to it because it relieves tension and makes you feel better,’ he said. ‘Jogging, meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, yoga and listening to music are great for some but dull, boring and stressful when arbitrarily imposed on others.’”


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