Monday, November 18th, 2019

Can Reducing Stress Decrease the Risk of Developing Certain Diseases

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According to a recent survey taken by the U.S. Department of Labor, 75% of all Americans are constantly plagued by stress. In addition, according to researchers in Duke University, lack of control, high demands, and repetitive work lead to job stress, which can lead to health problems. What is stress and how can we manage it? Everyone feels stressed, someday or another.

Stressors in our bodies increase inflammatory chemicals in the body. The body responds to these inflammatory chemicals by ordering the adrenal glands to produce cortisol; and while cortisol is the anti-inflammatory hormone, it is also the hormone we produce for stress. And it’s a vicious cycle: the diet causes inflammation and the production of cortisol. and cortisol causes elevated stress levels which results in a craving for sugar and salt. . . therefore more snacks and junk food. . . cortisol along with a bad diet causes additional inflammation in the intestinal tract. Let’s reduce stress.

8 Simple Ways to Control Stress!

8 Ways To Control StressSimple modifications in posture, habits, thought, and behavior often go a long way toward reducing feelings of stress and tension. Here are 8 quick and simple things you can do immediately to help keep your stress level under control.

1. Control Your Anger:

Watch for the next instance in which you find yourself becoming annoyed or angry at something trivial or unimportant, then practice letting go – make a conscious choice not to become angry or upset. Do not allow yourself to waste thought and energy where it isn’t deserved. Effective anger management is a tried-and-true stress reducer.

2. Breathe:

Breathe slowly and deeply. Before reacting to the next stressful occurrence, take three deep breaths and release them slowly. If you have a few minutes, try out breathing exercises such as meditation or guided imagery.

3. Slow Down:

Whenever you feel overwhelmed by stress, practice speaking more slowly than usual. You’ll find that you think more clearly and react more reasonably to stressful situations. Stressed people tend to speak fast and breathlessly; by slowing down your speech you’ll also appear less anxious and more in control of any situation.

4. Complete One Simple To Do:

Jump-start an effective time management strategy. Choose one simple thing you have been putting off (e.g. returning a phone call, making a doctor’s appointment) and do it immediately. Just taking care of one nagging responsibility can be energizing and can improve your attitude.

5. Get Some Fresh Air:

Get outdoors for a brief break. Our grandparents were right about the healing power of fresh air. Don’t be deterred by foul weather or a full schedule. Even five minutes on a balcony or terrace can be rejuvenating.

6. Avoid Hunger and Dehydration:

Drink plenty of water and eat small, nutritious snacks. Hunger and dehydration, even before you’re aware of them, can provoke aggressiveness and exacerbate feelings of anxiety and stress.

7. Do a Quick Posture Check:

Hold your head and shoulders upright and avoid stooping or slumping. Bad posture can lead to muscle tension, pain, and increased stress.

8. Recharge at the Day’s End:

Plan something rewarding for the end of your stressful day, even if only a relaxing bath or half an hour with a good book. Put aside work, housekeeping or family concerns for a brief period before bedtime and allow yourself to fully relax. Don’t spend this time planning tomorrow’s schedule or doing chores you didn’t get around to during the day. Remember that you need time to recharge and energize yourself – you’ll be much better prepared to face another stressful day.

About the author

Frank Carrannante wrote 16 articles on this blog.

Frank Carrannate is passionate about helping people to live a well rounded healthier lifestyle - including weight loss, skin care and a healthy home. He has been involved with Shaklee as an Independent Distributor for over 33 years, and helps other people establish their home based businesses and fulfill their dreams of financial freedom.

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