Stress

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“Clear the road I’m sixteen” causes me stress just thinking about it!

Stress is the natural occurrence of changes happening that impacts a person physically or mentally or emotionally. Any event that causes change and demands readjustment in the life of an average person is stress. Weather, sickness, traffic, being a victim of attack, and suffering loss are examples of stress.

In years long ago, humans mainly dealt with issues of survival that caused great stress. Today, we still respond to stress as we did long ago. Back then; most dangers were physical prompting the Fight or Flight response. Blood flow is stronger and heart rate increases as one prepares to fight the situation at hand or flee for safety. Hormones create changes in metabolism, and breathing changes as a person prepares for flight or fight. Keeping stress under control sometimes requires purposeful techniques such as practiced breathing, tapping, meditation, and thought-filled therapy. Maintaining a positive, hopeful attitude and developing a stress hardy outlook enables a person to manage stress and return to a balanced state as quickly as possible when encountering stress.

Since stress in inevitable, it is crucial to be aware of how stress impacts the body and commit to responding to stress in a way that causes the body to return to a balanced state fairly quickly. Problems that induce stress can cause sweating, the heart rate to increase, tightened muscles, stress hormone production and other neuroendocrine responses. Chronic stress causing these responses over time results in the body being at a state that could promote disease or illness. This is why the effort to guide the body’s return to a normal, balanced state is so important.

In order to decrease daily stress, increase organizational skills. Being prepared rather than scrambling to get prepared will be helpful in yielding a productive rhythm through the day. Also, find what helps you manage and reduce stress when difficult situations arise.

Here are some ideas:

  • Breathing correctly can provide a calmness effect.
  • Purposeful stretching is important for calming and relaxation.
  • Meditation calms the mind, lowers metabolism as your body relaxes and your mind clears and leads to mental clarity and more energy and awareness.
  • Self-hypnosis can lead to better focus and calming tendencies.
  • Tapping can create new pathways of thinking.
  • Having hope is essential to health and wellness. It contributes to providing meaning and direction in our lives.
  • Music, exercise, reading and other interests can help reduce stress.
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