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Tips for managing stress

By Tracy Skaer, WSU College of Pharmacy

There are two categories of stress: eustress and distress. Eustress is the beneficial type that helps motivate our lives and keep us happy, connected, active, challenged, motivated and productive. However, when stress becomes intolerable and/or manageable then detrimental distress becomes apparent. Distress leads to several negative outcomes including poor decision making, anxiety, insomnia, irritability, increases in blood pressure, indigestion, hyperventilation, reduced or increased appetite, substance abuse, and poor coping skills.

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Staying sane in the brain

Wellness Wednesday Tip: “Go get some fresh air” is often said to encourage people to clear their minds. Whether it’s said harshly or not, it’s good advice. Keeping our minds and intellect healthy sometimes requires us to clear the clutter from our minds and “get some fresh air.” Whether that “air” is actual air, or comes in the form of a book, a movie or a song, “getting fresh air” now and then is a good way to keep our minds healthy.

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