The effects of stress are seen in both your mental and physical health. In the long term, stress can even deteriorate the quality of your life. Stress can lead to anxiety and other emotional issues.
What is stress management?
Stress in a way is good, for it brings up repressed emotions and helps us recognize problems. When dealt with immediately, it can help us solve the issues; otherwise, it can affect our overall well-being and prevent us from thinking clearly.
Stress management techniques include activities that can help you relax and lighten up. While stress is something that we cannot completely avoid, given our hectic lifestyles and work environments, there are ways to deal with stress in a healthy way, and that includes learning to manage stress-inducing thoughts.
What are the best ways to de-stress
There are many ways to beat stress. Here are some of the best ones.
Breathing Exercises – Deep breathing exercises are perhaps the simplest solution for relaxing your body and mind. There are different types of breathing exercises. But regardless of what you choose, remember that breathing exercises are helpful only when you do them right.
Quick Walk – Another way to beat stress is to go on a quick 10 minute walk. Physical activity reduces release of the stress creating hormone. Fresh air can help you clear your head and a simple change of scenery also helps.
Get realistic – Avoid setting unrealistic targets, for that can lead to a lot of stress. Learn to say no if you cannot handle something. Also, take breaks in between work, especially when you feel tired and lethargic.
Eat healthy – The foods you eat also play a role in creating stress. Follow a healthy diet – good nutrition certainly makes a lot of difference. Go to the nutrition section on this blog to learn more.
Other options include open communication with close ones, trying something spiritual like meditation, getting a massage, taking a vacation or taking up a hobby you enjoy. If all this does not work, you can consider counseling.
What are stress hormones?
Release of two “stress” hormones, namely norepinephrine and cortisol, can lead to increase in the heart rate, blood pressure and induce heavy breathing. It can also shut down your metabolic system, leading to indigestion, lack of growth and immunity.
Research has revealed that Cortisol, when released in the body, has the capacity to affect the metabolism of a person, and norepinephrine is known to be one of the factors leading to depression, hypertension and also ADHD.
Why are stress hormones dangerous to our health?
Stress hormones, when released constantly in the body, can lead to several physical and mental health problems. Some of them include
- Loss of energy
- Lack of growth
- Hypertension due to stress
- Indigestion and ulcers
- Change in metabolic system
- Irregular menstrual cycles in women, decreased testosterone levels in men
- Lowered immunity, which means increased likelihood of catching infectious diseases
In all, stress can have a major impact on your overall well-being and quality of life, when not taken care of in the initial stages.