Approximately 70% of American’s are impacted by physical and (or) nonphysical symptoms of stress. When the human body is stressed for a long period of time, it can create problems that can lead to many different serious health problems that can lead to even worse, death. This blog post is here to help you acknowledge the signs and symptoms, as well as learn techniques that can help you overcome daily stress.
What happens when you’re stressed
When you’re stressed, your body will respond as though you’re in danger. It will create energy in your body that will make your heart race, make you breathe faster and anxiety to kick in. This is better known as fight or flight stress response. Some stress is good for your body, but stress that lingers around for a long period of time is more dangerous that good.
Serious health problems due to stress
There are numerous health problems that can be caused simply because the body has been experiencing high levels of stress for an extended period of time. Some of the health problems include, but not limited to are:
- Immune system disturbances
- Certain cancers
- Autoimmune diseases
- Heart attack
Symptoms of stress
There are emotional and physical symptoms of stress that are common in most people. While some people experience only a few of the following symptoms, there are a large percentage of people who experience multiple emotional and physical symptoms.
Emotional systems include:
- Easily agitated, frustrated and moody
- Difficulty relaxing or calming your mind
- Feeling bad about yourself, worthless and or lonely
- Avoiding friends and loved ones
Physical symptoms of stress include:
- Low energy
- Upset stomach, diarrhea, constipation and nausea
- Aches, pains and tense muscles
- Chest pain
- Frequent colds and infections (See 7 Reasons Why Your Not Getting Over That Cold)
- Loss of sexual desire
- Dry mouth
- Grinding teeth
Techniques to help overcome stress
It’s important to find your go to place to find relief from stress. Some people find it in a hobby, while others find it in a calm and comfortable environment. Below are some techniques to keep in mind when you’re experiencing a stressful situation.
- Laugh out loud – Laughing creates a release of hormones (serotonin, prolactin and oxytocin) that can instantly lift your spirits and create a sense of happiness.
- Find unconditional love through a pet – Both dogs and cats are great companions that are excellent for your health. They’re used in many different therapies because of their ability to lower blood pressure, decrease anxiety and boost immunity.
- Clean up your house – When you’re surrounded by too much clutter, you will feel overwhelmed and that can lead to stress. Making your bed is a great first step to clean house and clearer mind.
- Yard work – Believe it or not, but mowing the lawn is actually a great way to relax. The smell of freshly cut grass blocks the release of stress hormones in the brain.
- Drink orange juice – It’s been found that vitamin C may help people manage their stress levels effectively because of the immune system boost it gives out. Strawberries, grapefruit juice and sweet red peppers are also great to consume.
- Play music – Feel good music is a great way to boost your mood and feel less stressed. It can be great for breathing and posture because you’ll want to stand up and move.
- Take a walk, outside – Exercise is a great way to ease stress. When you walk, you will produce endorphins that make your body feel good. It’s recommended that you walk for at least 30 minutes daily.
If you haven’t already seen The Science of Stress by National Geographic, we highly encourage you to watch it. This documentary can give you a better understanding of stress and how to overcome it.
Do you have more techniques that help you overcome stress? If so, let us know below!