A worldwide calamity…stress! Stress is the culprit off many health conditions people are experiencing today. I don’t think that there are too many people who are not currently experiencing some form of stress. Physical, mental, emotional, and environmental stress are some of the different forms of stress that can have an adverse effect on any part of the body's system and have been associated with the following conditions:
High or Low Blood Pressure
A Weak Immune System
Chronic Pain and Inflammation
All off these conditions lead to serious health problems like heart disease, post-traumatic stress, autoimmune disease, etc.
Luckily the body was designed to cope with stress. According to HelpGuide, stress is the natural way the body responds and alerts us to danger. When a threat is perceived, the nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones result in increased heart beats, the tightening of muscles, elevated blood pressure, breath quickens, and the senses become sharper. These bodily responses increase your strength, stamina, reaction time, and enhance focus allowing the body to prepare for emergency response.
Like most things in life it all comes down to balance. It is ok for us to feel stress because it helps us perform under pressure, it motivates us, and it keeps us focused, energetic and alert.
How do we stay balanced? First, you must learn to recognize the symptoms, they are easy to overlook and difficult to keep under control. People have adjusted to a fast pace, tense and stressful lifestyles. Stress has become familiar and a normal physical and mental state with a very heavy price tag.
“Don’t allow stress to ruin your health, your mood, your productivity, your relationships, and your quality of life, KNOW THE SIGNS.”
Below is a guide to help you identify stress in your life. Everybody experiences and copes with stress differently. Below are a few things you can do to release stress but be mindful that these stress indicators can also be precursors to other conditions your body may be developing and they should not be ignored.
Below are some easy and healthy options to release stress and be a happier, healthier you.
Take Action…Implement…and free yourself from deadly stresses with these additional
stress relieving actions.
Detoxifies and Releases Toxins
Relaxes the Mind and Body, Bringing Clarity
Relieves Emotional Problems
Massages Your Organs
Strengthens the Immune System
Improves Quality of the Blood
Increases Digestion and Assimilation of Food
Improves the Nervous System
Strengthen the Lungs
Proper Breathing makes the Heart Stronger
Proper Breathing assists in Weight Control
Boosts Energy levels and Improves Stamina
Improves Cellular Regeneration
Permits the Enjoyment of Food
Results in Less Eating
Reduces the Likelihood of Mistakes
Better Decisions are Made
Reduces the Risk of Cancer
Communication is Clearer
Result in Better Perspective
VITAMIN D... SUNSHINE!
Normalizes Hormonal Functions
Promotes a Stronger Immune System
Increase Quality of Sleep
Results is Better Eating Habits
Promotes Better Sleep
Provides a break from technology
Promotes a clear and focused mindset
Promotes Physical Activity
Promotes Mental Health
Speeds up Metabolism
Strengthens the Heart
Lifts the Spirit
Maintains the Mind and Body Calm
Counter Acts Depression
Reduces levels of the body's stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol.
Stimulates the production of endorphins, chemicals in the brain that are the body's natural painkillers and mood elevators.
Increases Strength and Stamina
Yoga is therapeutic and healing.
It Keeps You Fit
Promotes Good Sleep
Strengthens the Immune System
Heals Aches and Pains
Promotes Balance and Proper Posture
Increases Body Awareness
According to the Art of Living Meditation, meditation has many wonderful benefits, such as:
Lowers high blood pressure
Lowers the levels of blood lactate, reducing anxiety attacks
Decreases any tension-related pain, such as, tension headaches, ulcers, insomnia, muscle and joint problems
Increases serotonin production that improves mood and behavior
Improves the immune system
Increases the energy level, as you gain an inner source of energy
Emotional stability improves
Meditation sharpens the mind by gaining focus and expands through relaxation
Manages Anxiety And Depression
It eases Muscle Pain
Reduces PMS Discomfort
Flushes Toxins in Muscles
Boosts Your Energy
Promotes a Healthy Digestive System
Rids the Body of Any Excess Waste
Helps with Weight Loss
Improves Immune System
Improves Skin Complexion
Increases Mental Clarity
Promotes Fresh Breath
Promotes Better Sleep
EAT THE RIGHT FOODS
Berries – They are natural antioxidants
Vitamin C-Rich Foods - Regulates and prevents high levels of the body's stress hormone, cortisol.
Complex Carbs – Promotes the brain’s production of serotonin.
Fish - Helps reduce inflammation and anxiety.
Avocado and Banana – Contains potassium and vital minerals to keep blood pressure low.
Swiss Chard - The magnesium in in this veggie helps balance the body's stress hormone, cortisol.
Fatty Fish - The omega-3 fats in fish such as salmon, sardines and tuna manage adrenaline levels.
Organic Milk - Get more B vitamins, protein, vitamin D and bone-building calcium to relieve tense muscles.
Nuts - Almonds, pistachios and walnuts - Can boost your immune system with vitamins and zinc.
Dark Chocolate - May lower levels of stress hormones and due to its sugar content it releases mood-improving serotonin. However, quantity control is key; keep it under 1oz. per serving. (eat seldom)