RECREATION & FITNESS

Stress Management

What is stress?  The most widely accepted definition of stress comes from Richard Lazarus who defines it as "... a condition, or feeling, experienced when a person perceives that demands exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize."  Stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to the demands of life. Stress is different for everyone.  What someone may find as overwhelming and stressful, is a challenge readily accepted by another.  The bottom line is if stress is not handled well, it can cause a lot of problems, both physical and emotional.  Managing your response to stressful conditions and situations is key.  There are many stress management techniques and programs available to help people manage their stress.  You have to find what works for you.


Links For Families

Lifelines 
This site, from the Center for Personal and Professional Development, offers information on life in the military.

 Resilience in Times of War – APA
Building resilience or ability to handle unexpected changes or events can help manage stress. This site offers information on building resilience.

Military OneSource

Other Links

American Psychological Association
Take this simple quiz online to find out how much you know about stress.

Stress Busters 
Some simple tips & techniques to help deal with stress.

Stress Management 
This site, by WebMD, offers easy to read information on stress and an interactive tool to find out what your level of stress is.