Stress is inevitable in life. It’s hard to stop and take a moment to unwind. It’s safe to say; we tend to worry more and relax less! But how does stress affect your health?
Stress is an absolutely natural method of our brain and body reacting to challenges or demands.
You can experience good or bad forms of stress from your environment, your body, and your thoughts. Just know, that it affects everyone, at any given time.
How does excessive stress affect your health?
- Creates anxiety
- Increase in cortisol, leading to a fight or flight mode
- Stress may signal the body to release fat into the bloodstream, raising blood-cholesterol levels, at least temporarily.
- In women, chronic stress may reduce estrogen levels, which is important for cardiac health.
Stress management tips
You may not be able to entirely remove the stress in your life. But the good news is that there are ways to control and reduce it. Here are some you may find helpful.
That’s right. Before reacting, take a minute to pause.
- Use your thumb to press against your right nostril,
- Take a deep breath from left nostril,,
- Hold your breath up to a count of 10
- Now press your left nostril with your ring finger
- and breathe out from your right nostril.
- Alternate between these. Do it 7 times.
You’ll then be better able to respond to the stress stimuli. Breathing mindfully increases circulation of lymphatic fluid which speeds recovery after illnesses and circulation of oxygen. Taking deep breaths also encourages lesser wrinkles from improved circulation creating beautiful skin at any age.
It can help to think and plan ahead, instead of reacting and rushing around at the last minute. Make a short list of tasks you need to do, and prioritize what is most important. Then set about accomplishing them. Seeing tasks ticked gives the mind a sense of accomplishment and you’ll also have some free time to relax!
Play like a child
When was the last time you played a puzzle? Or read a comic? Generally, stress tends to crop up as we take on more responsibilities and challenges in life. Why not switch off for a few minutes and play like a child. Solve a crossword puzzle, do craft work, watch cartoon or colour a few pages to release your happy hormones!
Exercise on a regular basis helps to turn down stress hormones production and associated neurochemicals. Studies have found that exercise is a potent antidepressant, anxiolytic (combats anxiety), and sleeping aid for many people (try my Golden milk recipe, it’s great for skin and sleep!). So go on, take a walk, run, golf, swim, dance, do yoga. Just stay active.
Talk to someone or a health provider
Talking to someone you trust can do wonders for lowering stress. But talk to your doctor or seek counseling if your stress becomes overwhelming.
Looking forward to hear from you all….your feedback and comment..