Learn how to De-Stress
Good and Bad Stress, Is there such a thing as good Stress?
The body goes into survival mode when it is stressed, resulting in the fight or flight response, which produces adrenalin. This can be good in small amounts as it can boost focus, helping us to react with clarity to get out of a bad situation.
However if the body undergoes prolonged stress, the adrenalin will not be fully used up, which can cause high anxiety.
Does stress cause breakouts?
Stress changes the way the body uses fluid, and can trigger changes in the way the endocrine system controls hormone levels. The skin can become dehydrated, and unsightly pimples may appear (which will most likely cause more stress!)
Lack of sleep can cause or exacerbate stress
A good night’s sleep is vital to help keep stress at bay, and keep hormone levels such as cortisol in balance. Try going to bed at the same time every night, do something relaxing before bed, such as read a book, listen to music, have a hot bath. Try having a soothing drink an hour before bed, camomile tea or hot milk (add cocoa) are good. Don’t drink alcohol before bed, it may make you sleepy initially, but it will actually disrupt your sleep.
Does emotional stress affect physical health?
Yes, constant stress can cause high blood pressure, headaches and digestive issues.
The body goes into survival mode when it is stressed, resulting in the fight or flight response, which produces adrenalin.
Can stress affect pregnancy?
He short answer is yes, long-term stress can take a toll on the reproductive system. Stress hormones are produced in the same way that reproductive hormones are, therefore when the body is in a prolonged state of anxiety, other bodily systems can slow or even shut down, which can make it difficult to conceive.
Face your fears
– Avoiding our fears can make them worse, identify real fears versus imagined ones, and think of practical ways to solve them. Try not to become overwhelmed by things that aren’t actually dangerous to you, in other words don’t sweat the small stuff!
Try setting a time each day to worry
– If you set a time each day to worry, it can help you feel more in control of things. If you worry constantly, it can be exhausting, and also cause the body to react as if it is in danger, meaning it will release stress hormones. If you try to ignore the issue or issues that are causing you to worry, the hormones will stay, which can cause headaches and even lower your immune system, giving you more things to worry about!
6 Tips to De-stress
- Try meditation, it’s a great tool for reducing levels of stress, so are other techniques such as breathing exercises and visualisation.
- Get lost in a good book, and free your mind from worry.
- Try gentle exercise that you enjoy such as pilates or yoga, even better go for a gentle stroll outdoors and blow away the cobwebs. Exercise produces serotonin, the hormone that boosts our mood; it can also burn up the extra adrenaline produced when we are feeling anxious.
- Take a Zinc supplement, or eat Zinc rich foods (seafood, nuts and seeds are good sources), to help regulate hormones.
- Dancing boosts cognitive health and is a great stress buster, as well as keeping Alzheimer’s and dementia at bay.
- Laughter is also a great stress buster (link); babies laugh over 300 times a day, whereas adults only laugh around 20 times per day. A good giggle has great health benefits, not only does it reduce stress it also boosts infection fighting antibodies.
We hope you enjoyed this article and are starting to feel a bit less Stressed…