“Stress” is such a familiar and popular concept of the modern world. In fact, “stress” is so common, it feels like everyone must experience it. Then, what exactly is “stress” and why is it here in our life?
Stress is the feeling of tension, both emotional and physical. When you are stressed, your body will release hormones as a protection act. Under the effect of these hormones, your brain will be more alert, your muscles tense, and your pulse increases.
Stress can result from any unfavorable or high demand circumstances. These circumstances can be any events or thoughts that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or nervous.
How it Affects Your Body
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Heart attack
- Weight gain or loss
- Depression or anxiety
- Skin problems, such as acne or eczema
Dealing with Stress
Stress without threat is the real threat in your life, so the sooner you attempt to manage your stress, the better it is. You do not need to have a full-on master plan, but can take some simple steps at a time to improve your situation.
One highly beneficial method to deal with stress is physical exercises. It has been long proven to help lower stress level.
Exercise will burn any built-up energy in your body. Thus, free you from all the tension and strain. Your body will feel calmer and lighter after each workout session.
Exercise can reduce stress hormones and release “happy hormones” – endorphins, oxytocin, serotonin, and dopamine. These are the chemicals that improve your mood and relieve the pain.
Another effective, yet simple method is to relax your mind with your breaths. You just have to be still and focus on your breath for as long as you’re comfortable.
Breathing can reduce body protective responses. This means it can depress heart rate, blood pressure and respiration, allowing you mind to calm down.
Breathing can clear the mind. Focusing on your breaths for a period of time can help your mind restore and eliminate any negative or stressful thoughts.
Stress can arise anywhere, from your workplace to your personal life, but do not be discouraged. There are simple ways can help you reduce the pressure and have a better life. So go ahead and start working on it before it’s too late!
What are the reasons behind your stress? Do you think they’re inevitable or can be dismissed from your life? Share with me your story and let’s improve life together. Check out my Pilates video on using your breath to better control stress..