We have all felt the negative affects of stress. Whether it is self induced from procrastination or beyond our control, like a cancelled connecting flight, the same remains true: stress can negatively affect the body. Side note: there is such a thing as GOOD STRESS which is brought on by setting goals and working to achieve them but for our purposes we are going to focus on negative stress and the health issues that come with it.
Take a minute and think about the last time you were overwhelmed... At this point you were experiencing stress and your brain was telling your body to secrete coping mechanisms: adrenaline for short-term or manageable stress and cortisol for long-term or toxic stress. Both adrenaline and cortisol change the body's behavior in ways such as: increased heart rate, increase in blood pressure immune systems weaken, fatigue, sadness, and much more. To combat these symptoms of stress we suggest the following:
DRINK MORE WATER: Water is a key component to healthy cellular growth. Drinking plenty of water will make your body feel better and combat the effects of stress.
LET GO OF CONTROL: This is a hard one! You have to train your mind not to stress over things that are outside of your control like a traffic jam.
EAT RIGHT AND EXERCISE: Keeping your body healthy contributes to your ability to cope with stress factors:
RELAX: Massage is a great way to reduce the symptoms of stress. Massage decreases stress hormones, rejuvenates the body and reduces anxiety. Use this technique to help manage your symptoms and prevent panic attacks.
Stress is a huge factor in how you live your life. It can become decrease your day to day functions and negatively impact your overall health. Take care of your body and your mind with our tips to reduce stress!