Problems and Stress; According to the American Institute on Stress, 80-90% of all doctor’s visits are stress-related. Stress management; We assess our life stress by noting both stressful events (acute stress) and chronic stress. Both have been associated with anxiety, depression, and physical ailments. Chronic stress is of longer duration, acute stress may be more severe last for a shorter length of time.
Both types of stress impact us. There is a strong relationship between stress and stress-response hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol. Cortisol is an important, helpful part of the body’s response to normal stress. In our high-stress culture this response is activated so often that the body may not have a chance to return to normal and become chronically stressed. The stress response is helpful in true emergencies but puts strain on both mind and body when activated too frequently.
Engaging the relaxation response-the body’s natural relaxation response is a powerful neutralizer of stress. Many techniques are effective, but only when practiced on a regular basis. Relaxation techniques such as visualization, slow breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, prayer, tai chi and meditation can help us to;
- Decrease our heart rate
- Slow respiration
- Drop or stabilize blood pressure
- Relax muscles and clear the mind
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Most stress experts recommend setting aside at least 10-20 minutes per day for stress management. Begin by;
- Selecting a quiet environment
- Assume a comfortable upright position
- Point of Focus, choose a meaningful word or phrase and repeat it throughout your relaxation
- Attitude- do not worry if you distract, gently turn your attention back to your point of focus
- Avoid every form of caffeine and energy drinks
- Get regular exercise
- Invest in relationships
- Practice healthy eating
- Laugh, play, imagine and create
- Improve Stress in spite of problems.