Today, stress is the most covered topic in the health and fitness category across the media. After reading all the information out there, you could easily conclude that stress is to blame for nearly every health problem.
But, not all stress is bad for you. Sometimes stress can make things happen, help you move forward, grow, and develop. This type of stress is called eustress. The adrenaline rush that an athlete gets before a sprint and the unexplainable strength that enables people to escape tragic circumstances are examples of eustress. Distress on the other hand, whether mental, physical, or chemical, can be extremely destructive. Distress is any influence that causes or leads to malfunction and therefore is involved in all disease. When not addressed properly, this type of stress can ruin your mental, emotional and physical health.
There are also internal and external stressors. When we think about stress, we usually think of external stressors such as traffic jams, physical injury, financial worries and arguments at home or work. But we also experience something called internal stress that FDN® refers to as the HIDDEN stressors. These include stress or dysfunction in relation to hormone, immune, digestion, detoxification, energy production and the nervous system.
Tips to reduce stress:
- Live in the Present.
- Take some time to just “be.” Turn off the phone. Practicing yoga, tai chi, meditation, and walking or sitting in nature are just a few of the things you can do to help you become more grounded.
- Pay attention to your body.
- Listen to your body more. Show yourself respect and listen to the message that your body is sending.
- Simply taking a few deep breaths engages the vagus nerve which triggers a signal within your nervous system to slow heart rate, lower blood pressure, and decrease cortisol.
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