5 ways you can deal with stress

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Stress is a part of everyday life. It consumes us, tires us, makes us restless and irritable, and causes us to lose focus.

But what is stress?

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines stress as “something that causes strong feelings of worry or anxiety.”

Francis Santamaria, Ph.D., a clinical and sports psychologist and professor at Enderun College, said stress is a response to any event or situation that is perceived as threatening or even challenging.

But what causes it? Well, almost anything can make one stressed. Things like everyday annoyances, demands at work, your relationship with your significant other, financial uncertainty, social media, your daily commute, and even watching your favorite sports team can trigger stress.

And the effects? Santamaria said stress can lead to many things: anxiety, irritability, memory problems, poor decision making, giving into vices, isolation, depression, and loss of self-confidence, among others.

Stress is a slow killer; it usually causes diseases and damage to our internal organs. In fact, according to Santamaria, more and more physicians are advocating the theory that it is behind all major diseases.

One can never avoid stress, but you can control it by training yourself to resist it and prevent it from swallowing you whole.

Here are a few ways you can manage your stress levels.