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Only 23% of Adults are Successful at It …  Are You?!

 

Roughly 77% of American Adults report “regularly” experiencing stress in their lives.  And the leading cause?  Work-related demands.  Not surprising is it.  The vast majority of studies of law enforcement stress support this same finding.

Although police work can be stressful and dangerous, the biggest stress cops report experiencing is related to agency organization and operations, not the bad guys on the street.

 

 

Whether your stress is a result of money problems, health issues, family and relationship problems, loneliness, poor diet, media overload or sleep deprivation, there are ways to live a stress-resistant lifestyle.

Stress can profoundly affect your body, your thoughts and your behaviors.  (click on image to enlarge).

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Your ability to recognize your stress reactions can give you a jump start on managing them before they “take over.”

You may not be able to avoid the stress of everyday life but you can effectively manage your response to stress and live a more stress-resistant life.  Do you identify with any of the symptoms listed in the graphic above?   If you have stress symptoms, taking steps to manage your stress can boost your energy level, improve your mood and have tremendous long-term health benefits.

3 Ways to Reduce the Effects of Stress

  1. Practice relaxation techniques daily. These can include meditation, prayer, yoga, positive visual imagery, deep breathing techniques and other mindfulness practices.

  1. Exercise using any activity that results in a sustained increase in your heart rate; do so for 30 minutes or more, 3 or more times per week.

  1. Avoid all tobacco products, keep caffeine and alcohol intake to a minimum.

 

 

If you ever find yourself feeling stressed more days of the week than not, more hours in a day than not, or stress is interfering with your normal daily activities, please contact BSS for simple suggestions on how to lead a more stress-resistant life.