There seems to be no way to escape it. Even happy occasions can cause stress.
And many times we act as if we don’t know how to release stress.
Our bodies were not designed to carry a heavy load of stress. We’ve had to learn how to adapt because we live in a world filled with stress and anxiety. Conflicts in relationships, heavy workloads on the job, and difficulties with our children can all create stress in our lives.
Since our bodies weren’t created to carry such negative burdens, these stressors can all lead to health problems.
When we are under stress, the fight-or-flight mechanism is triggered in our bodies. This releases adrenalin and cortisol which speed up the heart rate, slow digestion, and can lead to a variety of health problems, such as depression, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and ulcers.
Stress can potentially lead to cancer by reducing the white blood cells that fight cancer cells. It can also cause an imbalance between oxidants and antioxidants in the body, which will speed up the aging process.
Health professionals estimate that 90% of the physical problems patients go to doctors for are caused by stress.
Repeated stress can lead to the use of unhealthy coping mechanisms like alcohol, tobacco, as well as cause eating disorders. Stress can also affect our relationships.
But there is a solution to our stress problem. We can learn how to release stress in our lives.
If you are a person of faith, you know you can look to God, trust in Him, and depend on Him to provide your every need. And instead of worrying about the problems in life, you can trust Him to provide for you.
In addition to this, or if you aren’t a person of faith, you can take time out to breathe.
Stop focusing on your problems and focus on your blessings.
Take time out of your busy schedule to meditate and think about all of the good things that are happening in your life. Start focusing on helping others who are in need.
Get regular exercise, and eat healthy and nutritious foods. Both of these activities can help in relieving stress.
And finally, focus on being positive and expressing gratitude. What you let your mind dwell on will impact how your body responds. By thinking positively, you will begin to act positively, releasing stress.
Now (yes, right now) take a minute and breathe.