Stress is an unavoidable part of life and something that everyone experiences nearly every day. In short doses, stress can be a positive influencer. The feeling can help motivate you to meet deadlines faster and even avoid danger. However, when you feel stress in large quantities for an extended period of time, it can start to wear on your physical and emotional health.
Stress and the Body
When you’re feeling stressed, the body releases hormones that increase your brain’s awareness, quicken your pulse, and tense your muscles. In an acute stress response, also referred to as the fight-or- flight response, stress gives our bodies an extra boost in situations where we feel threatened, thus giving us a chance to fight or run for survival.
However, when the body is exposed to this reaction for long periods of time — also known as chronic stress — it can increase physical health risks. People who suffer from chronic stress may experience the following:
- High blood pressure
- Depression or anxiety
- Heart disease
- Lack of energy
- Trouble sleeping
Relieve Stress and Anxiety
There are many methods that can help you reduce your stress and allow you to relax.
One of the best ways to reduce your stress is to get physically active. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins, which help both your body and mind relax. Moving your body, whether that’s by walking, biking, gardening, or going to a gym, also helps your mind focus on something other than your stress. Enjoying an activity you like can improve your mood and release the pent-up tension you were feeling. If you have trouble managing your stress, take the time to talk to your health care provider. They can help you find the perfect options for you.
“EMBRACE THE PRESENT MOMENT FULLY AND WITH PASSION, BECAUSE ONLY THROUGH THE PRESENT MOMENT DO WE TRULY LIVE.”
–RICHARD L. HAIGHT