What Stress Does to Your Body

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What happens when you’re stressed? Hormones such as cortisol are produced by the brain, prompting a “fight or flight response” which speeds up the heart rate and constricts the blood vessels. It makes you feel anxious and overwhelmed. When you finally slow down, you immediately feel tired and exhausted.

Unless there’s an imminent danger like a house fire or a fast-approaching grizzly bear, stress would only cause harm especially if it happens all the time. Chronic stress can shoot up the risk for various health conditions including hypertension, irritable bowel syndrome, and heart attack. It can also contribute to anxiety disorder and depression.

What should you do to manage your stress levels? When the tough gets going either at home or in the office, these proven stress-reduction techniques can help you a lot.

  • Brisk walking – A 10 to 15 minute walk around the neighborhood or somewhere peaceful will calm your nerves and clear your head. Plus, any physical activity boosts the levels of endorphins, which in turn reduces stress hormones.
  • Deep breathing – Breathing exercises are very effective in relaxing the body and reducing tension by stimulating what is called the “parasympathetic reaction.”
  • Massage therapy – Get a massage at least once a month and enjoy its healthy perks. Massage particularly the aromatherapy type relieves tense muscles and helps calm your racing mind.

These are just few of the many techniques to try whenever your stress levels are up. Learn to relax and enjoy once in a while!

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