Combatting Stress

May 23, 2018

Did you know that we have over 50,000 thoughts a day?

And around 80% of them are negative. Imagine how many of those negative thoughts are dedicated to things like stress, where the issue is our reaction to the things going on around us and our lack of know-how when responding to them.

 

Are you aware when you are stressed?

Stress: the feeling of being under too much pressure either mentally or emotionally. It is a growing problem in our busy lives right now and can affect us physically and mentally. Being under stress causes a “fight or flight response” due to release of hormones like adrenaline and can change the way we think, react and even our behaviour towards ourselves and others.

 

Stress rears its head in our lives in many ways. Some emotionally, like moodiness and irritability, and some as physical problems such as headaches, general muscle pains or even something small like feeling thirsty! Spotting the early signs of stress and learning healthy coping habits can improve not only your life, but those around you.

 

How well did you sleep last night?

We’ve all ‘lost sleep’ over a situation that is causing us stress. We are gripped by rumination, or the cycling of thoughts which keep us in a stressed-out state. This can make sleep extremely difficult to come by, and the quality of sleep is low.

The situation needs to be resolved through relaxation and other techniques as soon as possible to give your weary mind and body a break and a chance to recharge.

 

How does drinking water help you?

Another simple technique that can help relieve stress is drinking a glass of water. Cortisol, one of the stress hormones is found in increased levels when you’re even just half a litre dehydrated. The link between water and stress is well documented: it’s a vicious cycle. All of our organs, including the brain, need water to function properly.

 

If you are reading this, stand up and take a stretch.

 

Fitness and health professionals understand the link between stretching and relieving stress. Stress restricts blood flow and causes tension in your muscles, particularly the neck, shoulders and lower back. Stretching will increase blood flow and aid circulation in that muscle, allowing them to relax.

 

If you take the time to stretch and ease your body of tension, it could have untold benefits to dealing with stress in your life.