Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Stress

What is it and how does it do damage to my health and wellness?



"Do not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight." - Benjamin Franklin
Bad day at work? Rough morning? What's wrong? Do you find yourself hearing this constant stream of questions? Or are you feeling the pressures of life build up around you? You may be experiencing stress. In our fast paced society we have a lot of different factors that cause chronic stress in life. Whether it's a new job, the people you surround yourself with, a huge project coming up, or financial issues no one person is immune to the stress of life. Stress is our bodies reaction to harmful situations, both physical and emotional. When your brain recognizes a negative situation it reacts immediately, this reaction is called either Fight-or-Flight or the stress response. When the brain responds to Fight-or-Flight it triggers physical responses in the body such as increased heart rate, quick breathing, muscle tension and a rise in blood pressure. Our bodies are designed to deal with small amounts of stress, in fact can actually be good for you, but when it comes to constant day to day stress (chronic stress) it wreaks havoc on the body.

Symptoms of stress can include low energy, headaches, digestive issues, insomnia, and it can lower your immune system. There are also mental, emotional and behavioral symptoms of stress, such as changes in appetite, increased use of drugs/alcohol, feeling overwhelmed, racing thoughts and forgetfulness. Stress can effect the whole body system, and we are all at risk. That's why it's so important to take action and make personal changes to help you handle stressful situations in a healthier way.

Eating right and staying active is a great way to help you stay healthy and handle problems. Finding active, creative or productive outlets for built up energy is very important to relieving yourself of stress.

Massage and Myofascial Release also help relieve physical pain and tension throughout the body. Therapy provides you with a space to relax and focus on you and your health. For other ways to handle stress click here.

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