Stress is Life: Here’s How to Manage

By: David Heber, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.S.N., Chairman, Herbalife Nutrition Institute

Like eating and sleeping, stress is an expected part of our lives but can be managed. During National Stress Awareness Month, we’re thinking even more about this reaction and condition that the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) says:

Stress by the Numbers

So just how stressed are we? Recent studies found:

The study found the causes of stress to vary but worth noting:

What to Do Now

If stress is a mess for you, and its negative effects continue to accrue, it’s time to take positive steps to take control. The NIMH recommends the following tactics:

Think About Stress Differently

The Stanford (University) News Service shared news about research that finds it’s all in how you look at it — stress, that is. If you look at it as helpful, you may have better health, emotional well-being and work productivity. It seems that if you view stress as harmful, you may be tempted to rely on those harmful coping mechanisms such as substance use.

You’re likely to do much better if you see yourself as being able to handle, learn and grow from stress. Also remember that everyone has stress, and just because you do doesn’t mean you’re “lesser than.”

Each time you deal with stress you’re getting stronger, experts say. Now you’re ready for the next time life throws you a curve ball. Go hit it out of the park.