08 April 2010

To leave or to stay?

Is the grass really greener on the other side? As many South Africans debate whether to leave SA for good, we look at the stress of leaving versus the stress of staying.

Politics, Eskom, crime;  these are three of the reasons many South Africans are citing as reasons why they're considering emigrating. To that list can now be added a perception that racism is on the increase.

The US emerged as the most popular choice of destination, followed by the UK, Australia and New Zealand.

  • Fast beating, racing heart, often palpable
  • Blood pressure soars
  • Fast racing breath
  • Digestion slows down
  • Sweaty palms. Stress causes extreme heat in the body. Without perspiration to cool the body down, we would spontaneously combust!
  • Dry mouth
  • Muscles tense
  • Blood clots faster
  • Glucose and fats pour into the blood to provide energy for all the action taking place inside the body
  • Rushing thoughts
  • Irrational fears and anxiety

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Allergies, hives, hay fever
  • Asthma
  • Migraines
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis

  • Take charge of your stress and find coping mechanisms
  • Let your self-talk be positive
  • Get active and get those feel-good hormones flowing
  • Watch what you eat and keep your blood glucose levels regulated
  • Get adequate sleep to restore the body and rest the nervous system
  • Take time out at least once a day to yourself and read a book or listen to music
  • Interact with kids as their free spirits and light-heartedness almost always help us to see things differently
  • Pamper yourself with a massage or something luxurious
  • Chat to a friend and share the load
  • Write it down and unpack your mind
  • Learn to say “no” if you're overwhelmed
  • Try to get into a routine to calm you down


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