10 Ways to Reduce Daily Stress and be Happy
Reducing stress in your everyday life is vital for maintaining your overall health, as it can improve your mood, boost immune function, promote longevity and allow you to be more productive. When you let your stress get the best of you, you put yourself at risk of developing a range of illnesses – from the common cold to severe heart disease. Stress has such a powerful impact on your well being because it is a natural response that is activated in the brain. Let’s examine how this process works, why stress affects you the way it does, and the severe impacts it can have on your health.
The Science of Stress
When you become stressed, the brain undergoes both chemical and physical changes that affect its overall functioning. During periods of high stress, certain chemicals within the brain, including the neurotransmitters dopamine, epinephrine and norepinephrine begin to rise, causing larger amounts of these and other "fight-or-flight" hormones such as adrenalin to be released by the adrenal glands. The release of these chemicals contributes to certain physiological effects, including rapid heart rate, higher blood pressure, and a weakened immune system. When left unmanaged over time, chronic stress can lead to the development of other serious problems, such as stomach ulcers, stroke, asthma, and heart disease.
Why should I reduce Stress?
Many health care professionals consider chronic stress a significant risk factor for illnesses such as cancer and heart attacks. One reason is that our body’s physical reactions to prolonged stress may accumulate slowly and go unnoticed in our attempts to adapt to ongoing stress. However, even if it seems we’re building a tolerance to stress, our nervous system is still dealing with an overload which can seriously affect overall health in the long run. One of the most common physical reactions to stress is the tensing of muscles, which can ultimately trigger tension headaches, migraines and other musculoskeletal conditions. Stress is also hard on your digestive system, as it affects which nutrients your intestines absorb, influences how quickly food moves through your body, and can provoke you to eat more or less than you normally do. Weight gain is one of the most common cause of to much stress in your daily life. Your body over produces the stress hormones which cause the "Fight or Flight" Syndrome. The disruption of your body’s natural digestive processes can cause nausea, pain, vomiting, heartburn, constipation, acid reflux or diarrhea.
Physicial Efffects from Stress
In addition to the various physical effects of stress, it can also contribute to a number of mental and emotional disorders, including depression, anxiety, phobias, and panic attacks. This emotional stress can make it difficult to focus, make decisions, think things through or remember things. Stress may also cause irritability, making you easily frustrated and impatient with others, and can even contribute to depression, anger, feelings of insecurity, and relationship conflicts. While the many physical effects of stress can be overwhelming, it is important not to ignore these psychological effects as they also play a large part in overall health and vitality.
Psychological Effects from to much Stress
#2 Maintain Proper Nutrition
Many people aren’t aware of the extent to which this is true, but a poor diet can actually make you more vulnerable to stress! Ironically, stress (and the things in your life that cause it) can make it more difficult for you to maintain a healthy diet, which can contribute to more stress! If you're too busy, you may find it more difficult to find time to cook healthy meals, and you may be more tempted to eat unhealthy 'convenience' foods, which can exacerbate stress. Being too busy can also create stress, and feeling stressed can make you crave unhealthy foods as well, contributing to a vicious cycle. While hectic schedules can make it harder to get proper nutrition, a poor diet is not inevitable! Here are some important tips for maintaining a healthy nutrition plan. Follow them, and you may be surprised by how much stress you can handle!
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#4 Create Good Social Support
Social Support can keep you healthier and happier, creating a buffer against stress. Friends can pick you up when youre sad, provide insights when youre confused, and help you have fun when you need to blow off steam. Learn how to cultivate supportive friendships and expand your social circle so youll have someone to lean on when stressed. (Dont forget, its important to provide a supportive ear when your friends need it, too!
Much of what you experience in life can feel more stressful or less so depending of your point of view. Looking at things from an optimistic frame of mind can not only decrease your stress level, but bring you more success in life. You can become more of an optimist by following these tips. You can even change ingrained negative thought patterns to more positive ones by using positive affirmations. Not sure if youre an optimist or pessimist?
Think of your inner thoughts. Do you dwell on tasks, find it easier to be negative, think things are impossible? Feel that you have to handle to much? If so, that is a pessimist way of thinking. Now, try to think this way... You CAN handle the taks at hand todday. You WILL fight to be positive no mater the situation, NOTHING is impossible, just a challenge.
You really will feel more recharged and focused. Natural positive reactions happen when we THINK positive.
#8 Have the Right Attitude
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