A simple definition of stress is anything that causes strain.
Stress is the body and the mind's response to any pressure that disrupts its normal balance. Not all stress is bad.
Did you know that the two small triangular adrenal glands, located on top of your kidneys, play a large role in your body’s response to stress?
The adrenals glands secrete the “stress hormone” cortisol into the bloodstream, during times of elevated stress.
These glands were not designed to be used as often as they are in our modern world.
People are now suffering from adrenal burnout. Don’t worry though!
A saliva test can check your cortisol level and you can find stress relief from natural alternatives by visiting any natural alternative practitioner - I am about prevention and prevention is always naturally non-invasive and with no side effects.
Staying up to date on stress management information can save your life.
According to the American Institute of Stress, up to 95% of all health problems are related to stress. The effects of stress in people are seen physically, mentally and emotionally.
Most researches now believe that it is the effects of stress, like pressure and tension, from everyday hassles that do the most damage.
Mayo Clinic confirms that some people may be more vulnerable to stress because of their personality characteristics or temperament.
Each of us responds to stress in an entirely different way. What is stressful for you may not be stressful for me.
Minor symptoms of stress are the early warnings that your life is getting out of hand and that you need to do a better job of managing the pressures in life.
Please check out the American Institute of Stress and Mayo Clinic web sites for more stress management information.
Stress can kill you or spice your life. The issue is how to manage stress. Managed stress makes us happy and productive; mismanaged stress hurts and even kills us.
So what simple things can you do to reduce stress?
- Practice positive thinking and positive self talk. They help with stress management and can even improve your health.
- Pursue some form of stress relief meditation. Neurobiologist Sara Lazar, Ph.D., recommends setting aside 10 to 15 minutes a day to retreat to a quiet space and practice basic meditation by concentrating on your breathing.
- Do gentle Yoga. A 2004 Harvard Medical School study found that gentle yoga helped insomniacs increase their sleep time by an average of 12 percent.
- Reduce or dial down the amount of information you consume primarily from the news and negative people around you. The world is not as scary as it appears to be.
- Take stress relief herbs or stress relief vitamins and avoid medications.
- Practice stress activities reducers such as: napping, giving and getting hugs to/from loved ones, writing personal notes to friends and family (makes you happy, make them happy), having a pet, knitting or any other hobby.
- Keep beautiful things in sight and pause to enjoy them. "Things that are beautiful to the senses capture our attention and quiet the mind in an effortless way," says Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist at Harvard Medical School.”
The world is full of small signs of joy and harmony--you just need to seek them out and incorporate them into your daily routine.
We are all different, our lives are different, our situations are different, and our reactions are different.
The most effective stress reduction technique is the one you incorporate in your life.
"Peace is present right here and now, in ourselves and in everything we do and see. The question is whether or not we are in touch with it," writes Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist monk and author.
It is about what you consciously “choose” to use and practice.
I hope the stress management information found in this web page was helpful. Make sure to stay in touch with me if you have a question or want to share any tips for stress.