Stress is a very serious side effect of today’s busy lifestyles. Stress has serious implications for you health and well being. Scientists, researchers and health professionals are increasingly finding that chronic long term stress can play a very harmful role in one’s physical and psychological well being.
Stress has been linked to a wide range of health problems, including everything from inflammatory bowel disorder, to arthritis, immune system malfunctions, adrenal fatigue and many, many other chronic and acute diseases. Stress is also responsible for a variety of mental health problems, including depression and anxiety disorders. As such, it is more important than ever that we reflect on how we are currently living in order to evaluate whether or not our health might be being negatively impacted by our stress levels.
Stress reduction can take several forms, each of which might appeal to different people. Whatever stress reduction works best for you and fits best into your current life is probably the one you should stick with. It doesn’t really matter what it is that de-stresses you, so long as it can help you relax and enjoy yourself a little.
A great way to relieve pent up stress and anxiety is exercise. Exercising even as little as twenty to thirty minutes a day can be a terrific way to ease stress, worry and anxiety. Getting out and getting active releases endorphins in your brain that can go a long way to actually countering the effects of stress. So, hit the gym or go for a long walk or hike and get your body moving.
Meditation is another great stress reduction technique. For beginners, you may want to try a meditation centre or class in order to get the basics down. But you don’t need to do this if you’d rather just take matters into your own hands. Sit down with your legs crossed, or in another comfortable position (don’t lie down though as you may fall asleep), and begin to breath deeply. Watching your breath as you inhale and exhale while letting the thoughts gently pass by is generally the advice given, however there are plenty of different techniques. Find whichever one most appeals to you and go with it.
Finally, doing something you enjoy is one of the best stress relievers around. B use we are often so focused on accomplishing tasks or getting ahead on our to-do lists, we tend to forget to simply stop and smell the roses. Joy is essential to our physical and mental well being, so if its simply playing with your child, going to a great movie, catching up with an old friend over a meal, or whatever it is, make sure to include time for joy in your life.