Stress. We all experience it, no matter how old we are. It seems the older we get the more stress we feel. Just like everything, there are positives and negatives to stress as well as a good and bad amount of stress. The Mayo Clinic explains the basics of stress. It states, “Stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to the ever increasing demands of life.” It also explains that the brain is meant to protect you and when it perceives a threat, it signals your body to release a burst of hormones to fuel the “fight-or-flight” response. Once the threat is gone, the body is meant to return to a normal relaxed state. The problem is the nonstop stress of life means that the alarm system in the brain rarely shuts off.
That’s why stress management is so important. We can’t wait until stress has a negative impact on your health, relationships or quality of life. Stress influenced conditions include but are not limited to depression, diabetes, hair loss, heart disease, hypothyroidism, and obesity.
Some methods and activities to manage your stress include:
- Meditation techniques
- Progressive muscle relaxation
When I get overwhelmed with stress, I try to exercise. It helps me clear my mind and allows me to focus more clearly. I also love taking a yoga class to relax my body and refocus. How do you manage your stress?