From where I stand, stress is something we all face from time to time. Some of us have more stress than others. Unfortunately, there are many people who can’t get through a day without some sort of stress. Although the degree of stress varies, stress is still stress; and it adds up. I don’t believe that stress is always a bad thing. Some would say that a certain amount of stress would help to make you a better person; because we learn and grow from our experiences. However, it is the constant high level stress that could be overwhelming for so many of us.
I’m pretty sure you already know, or at least have heard that constant high level stress is not good for us. Chronic stress leads to a lower immune system, giving opportunity for diseases to set in. Some of these diseases include anxiety, depression, and high blood pressure. Such chronic illnesses lead to a stroke and heart disease. Multiple complications can develop as a result; including something so severe as premature death.
A good way to prevent stress is to be more organize. in other words to plan better, and avoid procrastination. If there is something coming up a week from now that you need to take care of personally, make sure you have done everything you need to do on your part to make it happen. Procrastination usually will only cause you more stress in the end. You can prevent this by simply being better organized.
A well balanced diet is very helpful in eliminating stress by boosting the immune system.. For example, when choosing carbs to eat, you should know that there are some carbs that are more powerful than others. This is because they help to reduce stress better. For example a bowl of whole grain cereal with milk can increase the level of serotonin. Serotonin is an important nutrient that acts as a calming brain chemical. Carbs in general will help to spike the serotonin level, but the complex carbs are the better choice. They digest more slowly, which makes the serotonin level longer acting. These foods includes breads, pastas, and whole grains. Sugary carbs (the simple carbs) like the sweet comfort foods and sweet drinks, contain serotonin also but would not produce a long lasting effect. They are good to make you feel good for a short amount of time only. It is not recommended that you consume very much of the simple carbs.
Exercise is another important way to lower the stress level. Regular exercise has many benefits including weight loss, muscle strengthening and endurance. It also helps to gain control of high blood pressure and cholesterol level and more great benefits. But in relation to stress elimination, exercise is helpful in stimulating chemicals in the brain that will make you feel more relaxed and happier. Regular physical activity of some sort is not only very healthy, but could also be very enjoyable.
Lastly, let’s not forget about meditation. Meditation is a very relaxing ritual that helps to calm you. Meditation helps you to keep your focus better and to clear your mind of stress. It will improve your mood and outlook on life as it stimulates you to see life in a different perspective. Meditation will help you to work calmly in getting (and keeping) your life in wonderful functional order.
This is written mostly for people who are chronically stressed out. I hope that you will be encourage to slow down and take the time to really enjoy life more. People who are not stressed are happier and friendlier. They tend to smile and laugh more. There is a study scientist has concluded on laughter that suggest that laughter helps people to live longer. When people are stressed out they don’t laugh as much. Given the choice, I think I would rather be among those that laugh more. Wouldn’t you?
Healthy trails to you