11 Feb Stress Wrecks Your Body – What You Can Do About It
STRESS… We all feel it and we know that it is bad for us, but what can we do about it? Everyone has problems; everyone gets stressed, but some people seem to handle it better than others. Recognizing the signs of stress and learning some coping mechanisms is a great place to start, but if you are struggling do not hesitate to reach out to a medical professional.
What Does Stress Do to our Bodies?
- increases the production of stomach acid – causing heartburn, nausea, or diarrhea
- causes rapid breathing which leaves us short on oxygen
- tightens muscles which cause tension headaches and backaches
- increases heart rate, putting us at higher risk of heart attack
- constricts blood vessels – which raises blood pressure and increases the risk of heart attack
- interferes with the reproductive system: causing erectile dysfunction, lowering sex drive, and making it more difficult to conceive
What are the Symptoms of Stress?
- anxiety (that knot in your stomach that just won’t go away)
- panic attacks (which can manifest as heart racing, pulsing in your ears, nausea, difficulty breathing, and more)
What Can I Do About It?
- Boundaries. Setting healthy boundaries will help reduce stress. It is okay to say no or ask for help when you have too much on your plate. Allow yourself to say no in order to protect your time, space, and emotions. Guard your time – it is important to give yourself space to breathe.
- Be Creative. Focusing on a creative outlet will allow your brain to switch off you give your mind and body a break from daily stresses.
- Get Active. Go outside and get moving. Fresh air and exercise re-energize your mind and body and allow you to have a fresh start.
- Get away from Screens. Disconnect from devices for a bit. Read a book, take a hot bath, exercise, play with a pet, play a game with the kids. Screens are energy zappers and they increase our feelings of sadness and anxiety.
- Drink Water. Hydration helps us to feel energized and that will help you handle stress more easily. Flushing our bodies with water is important for all aspects of health.
- Eat Healthy. Stress makes us reach for comfort foods that are often high in carbs and simple sugars. Resist the urge – have a glass of water, and a healthy snack. Your body will thank you. If you must indulge in that treat – keep it in moderation!
- Learn to Relax. No kidding! Give autogenic relaxation (link to our blog) a try – it will slow your breathing, relax your muscles, lower your blood pressure, and give your body a chance to reset. With practice, you can use this technique anywhere and anytime to relax.
When to See a Doctor?
Stress is a natural part of daily life, but there are cases that should be addressed by a medical professional. If you are experiencing panic attacks or chronic feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, loss of interest or pleasure in life, or feeling suicidal it is time to speak with a medical professional who can help you to choose a treatment option. You are not alone.
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