Is Your Immune System At Risk?
Do This Test
Everyone reacts to stress differently. What overwhelms one person may be a motivating challenge to another.
"It's not the situation itself that produces negative changes in your immune system; it's how you perceive it," says wellness expert Barry Bittman, M.D. "Some people don't recognize how strongly they're reacting."...
To learn if your reactions may compromise your immunity, answer these questions, yes or no.
You may need to boost immune system...
When stressed, do you:
* get tension headaches?
* breathe faster?
* notice that your heart beats faster?
* clench your jaw or grind your teeth?
* suffer gastrointestinal symptoms, such as stomach gurgling or diarrhea?
* experience muscle tension, such as hunched shoulders or a stiff neck?
* feel nervous and jittery?
* perspire? Get chills or clammy hands?
* become upset or angry, irritable, impatient?
Lots of "yes" answers may mean you react to stress in harmful ways.
You need to learn coping skills and long-term relaxation techniques. For immediate stress relief, sit quietly, taking slow, deep breaths; relax your shoulders and jaw; visualize a peaceful place; or listen to calming music. Try to change your mind-set too: If you're bugged by a crying baby at the next table, consider how hard it is for infants to communicate their needs; if you're worried about an upcoming exam, remind yourself that you almost always do fine.