Let’s Talk About Stress!

What is stress?

Stress occurs when a person feels under pressure mentally and emotionally. Everyone experiences stress at some point in their life, and stress can even be a positive thing in small doses. A study conducted by Axa Insurance found that four out of five adults feel stressed within a typical week, with my hometown of  Cardiff being the most stressed city in the UK!

What happens when were stressed?

Our bodies respond to stress by going into ‘Fight or Flight’ mode, which is the bodies natural response to threat or danger. When this happens, Adrenalin and cortisol are released into the body which can cause increased heart rate and other physiological symptoms such as sweating, shallow breathing and changes to our blood platelets. Too much of this can seriously damage our health, that’s why it’s so important to de-stress.

What causes Stress?

Stress can be caused by a number of things in our everyday lives, such as:

  • Work
  • Finances
  • Family and relationships
  • School, College or University

How does Stress affect us in the long term?

Stress is small doses can be a motivator, and some people work better under pressure. However, too much stress can cause serious damage to your health. Stress can cause, or worsen many health conditions including:

  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Stroke
  • Heart Disease
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • IBS and other stomach problems
  • Changes to sleep pattern

Ways to stress less!

  • Slow down – Whatever it is that is causing you stress, remember that NOTHING is worth risking the health of your body and mind. Take a moment to reflect on what is causing you stress, and think is it really worth getting this worked up about? The likelihood is that it isn’t. So slow down, and remember it’s not the end of the world, even if it might seem it.
  • Talk about it – If you’re stressed out with something, then reach out. It may be an impending deadline at work, whatever it is, don’t bottle it up! Remember, everyone struggles and it’s absolutely natural to feel like you can’t cope sometimes. It doesn’t mean you’re not capable. By talking about it, you relief some of the stress, as my mum always says – a problem shared, is a problem halved.
  • Relax – It could be as simple as taking a bath, but whatever you do to relax, it’s important to take some time out for yourself. Life can be so busy, but you should always prioritise time for self care. Whether that’s meditation, walking, painting, take some time away from the cause of your stress and try and relax.

 

How do you relief stress? Share you best tips in the comments section below?

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