Tips for a stress-free 2017

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 01 2017 07:46 PM | Updated as of Jan 01 2017 10:45 PM

Stress can be detrimental to both your mental health and your physical well-being.

Dr. Bernadette Arcena, a psychiatrist at St. Luke's Medical Center, told "Salamat Dok" that although stress can generate adrenaline for some that may motivate them to do better things, it can can cause anxiety, extreme sadness, and low self-esteem.

Stress also can wreak havoc on your immune system, making you more prone to sicknesses and infections.

Arcena shared some tips that may help reining in stress as you welcome the new year.

When stuck in traffic, Arcena recommends that you put your mind elsewhere than the bumper-to-bumper situation, even though it may take a good sense of self-control.

"Focus on other things. You can have your music. Iyung mga nagka-cutting corners, hayaan mo lang. Wag kang ma-stress. Sabihin mo lang sa sarili mo, 'ikaw rin ang maaapektuhan,'" she said.

For people who seemingly radiate negative vibes towards you, Arcena said that you do not have control over many things, including those people's moods, but you do have control over their effect on you.

"Yung epekto sa sarili mo ay kaya mong kontrolin. Siya, kung galit siya, hayaan mo lang siya," she said.

With problems pertaining to money, she said that one must live within his or her means.

"Dapat simula pa lang ay napa-plano mo na yung finances mo. Kung wala, make sure na, halimbawa, may mga tao na pwedeng tulungan ka. However, hindi ko sinasang-ayunan yung huminga ka ng pera or paghiram ng pera. Dapat i-settle mo yung pera mo," she said.

Arcena also revealed that a relationship between husband and wife is one of the biggest factors of stress among people, but it is manageable.

"First and foremost, kailangang pag-usapan niyo na, unang-una, hindi kayo matulog na hindi natapos ang stress ninyo," she said.

"Pangalawa, kung mainit ang ulo ng isa, kailangang ikaw ang mag-lie low. Hindi pwede na magsumbong kayo na mainit ang ulo ninyong dalawa," she added.