Reminding you that stress is an entirely different story. Obviously, emotional or physical traumas can lead to stress. However, the small things that stress you out on a daily basis are also very dangerous.
As a matter of fact, the consequences for your constant stress may include heart disease, cancer, increased blood pressure, mental illness, and lower bone density.
How Does Stress Affect Your Body?
Cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, can interfere with your ability to learn and with memory retention. Increased cortisol levels may also lead to a rapid decrease in your heart's strength known as broken heart syndrome. Studies have also shown a high correlation between stress, anxiety and depression and IBS. It can also adversely affect your immune system, reduce vaccine effectivity, increase the healing time for a wound, and increase fat levels around the stomach.
What Can You Do to Relieve Stress?
Choose your reaction: Unlike any other animals, you as a human being can choose your reaction to an event; and there is a large spectrum of reactions!
Exercise: Having an exercising routine improves your endorphins helping your system to lower your cortisol levels. Besides, it is a great method to reduce stress as it is not required for you to have an incredibly juicy pump; a half-hour of brisk walking will work.
More Sleep, Less Stress: Sleeping is one of the most important times of the day, it’s the time when your body can recover. Getting deep sleep every night will relieve stress and tension in your body.
Meditate: While spirituality is often connected with meditation, anyone can benefit from taking time to meditate - even if it’s only for a couple of minutes. Meditation helps with stress, concentration, mood regulation, introspection, and more.
Breathe: When you are angry and stressed your breathing becomes shallow and rapid. Taking the time to breathe deeply can make a noticeable difference. Check out Wim Hof 'The Iceman' if you want to really learn about the power of breathing.
Reduce or Remove your Alcohol Consumption: Alcohol interferes with the sleep cycle which can result in the increase of cortisol levels.
Eat Heathy: Processed and unhealthy foods can stress your brain out. Both your brain and gut are in constant communication and it’s a common reason why stress causes IBS and unhealthy gut microbiota to cause stress.
Some Additional Quick Fixes:
- Listen to uplifting music, dancing a little may help too.
- Drink less caffeine.
- Write down a few goals, it helps to create endorphins.
- Write a thank you card.
- Take a 10-minute brisk walk, do some jumping jacks, shake out your body.
- Smell something good, roses or maybe a walk by the bakery.
Hope you enjoyed!
Stay healthy, Friends!