Relax & Renew
Stress can be defined as the response of the human organism to any change or demand. Whether the demand or stress is positive or negative, the body responds automatically. The stress response is coordinated in the body by a part of the nervous system called the autonomic (or automatic) nervous system. This system has two divisions, the sympathetic and the parasympathetic nervous systems. The sympathetic nervous system controls the stress response and the parasympathetic nervous system controls the opposite or relaxation response.
There are two basic ways of dealing with stress.
- One way is to avoid it. Reduce external stressors when you can, but this is not always possible or even desirable.
- The other way is to manage stress by changing how you react to a situation. The circumstances don’t change, you do.