With the hustle and bustle of everyday life, we often find ourselves yearning for a quieter, simpler way to live. If your life has come to resemble an endless race to the finish line, try to bring a greater sense of calm and simplicity back into everyday.
Stress always goes hand in hand with health. Depending on the person, the impact of stress in the body can range from minor sweaty palms to life threatening help implications that can even lead to death.
Letting stress build can slowly deteriorate health and can cause major health risks and this is why Managing stress and health are important ways to avoid health risks in the future.
In order to manage stress and health better, you first must be able to identify it:
Physical and Behavioral Signs of Stress
Stressors are sometimes external, sometimes internal, and sometimes both. External stressors involve situations in the workplace, death or illness in the family, etc. usually variables that you are unable to control, yet most of the stress that people experience is self-generated or internal. People often create their own stress, the good news is that the person has the choice or doing nothing or something about it.
Stress can affect major body systems. When a person feels stressed, there is an increase in heart rate, an elevation in blood pressure, and the continuous pressure in the heart can make a person susceptible to cardiac arrest and other heart-related problems.
The digestive system is also affected; some people can experience diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, dryness of the mouth and the throat. Stress can also cause sleeping disturbances, nausea, and in serious cases tightness of the chest, neck, jaw and the back muscles.
Changes in behavioral patterns are also noticeable when a person experiencing stress, like, aggressive behaviors and hostility towards others, and even towards inanimate objects, paranoia and edginess, diet and irregular eating habits, etc.
Some people who are unable to handle stress in a healthy way often resort to alcohol, drug, and substance abuse, and it is now becoming very common to withdraw from society and indulge electronic compulsive behaviors like pornography addiction, video game addiction, social media addiction, etc.
Long Term Implications
Exposure to stress in the long term can surely deteriorate a person’s wellbeing. During stress the body produces hormones that enable the body to cope with the current situation. Short-term effects of adrenaline, noradrenaline, and corticosteroids include tense muscles, queasiness and an in increase in breathing and heart rates, while the long-term implications of these hormones include allergic reactions, digestive disorder, heart disease, fatigue headaches and migraines.
When the body continuously releases these hormones, sleeping patterns can be affected that can sometimes lead to insomnia, impotence and premature ejaculation can occur in men while erratic menstrual cycles occur in women. In severe cases, stress, in the long run, can cause eczema, ulcerative colitis, mouth and peptic ulcers and recurring muscular aches and pains.
There are so many reasons to handle your stress in a healthy way.
How a person identifies stress is very important to overall health. When stress becomes too much to handle, damage to a person’s physical and mental well-being may be irreversible. Living a healthy life can help a person cope with stress much more easily.
Exercise is very important in stress and health management, along with a healthy diet, exercise is the most effective way to lower stress levels. It improves sugar metabolism through efficient use of insulin and exercise also aids in putting a stop in the nasty cycles of stress-eating, indulgence to alcohol, cigarettes and drugs.
You may also consider talking to a naturopath and exploring herbs, and anti-stress supplements. Taking vitamins and avoiding alcohol are successful methods in improving health and helping a person cope with stress.
Here are some quick tips to help you get started in managing the day-to-day stressors:
1) Less is More
It is amazing how much “stuff” we can accumulate in our homes because we think they’ll contribute to our lives. It’s true that we gain enjoyment from material possessions, but the more we accumulate the more burdened we often feel. Eventually we find ourselves living under a constant cloud of confusion, scattered thoughts and stress.
Begin immediately clearing out the material possessions you no longer need, and/or want, donate them to a local charitable organization and this will help accomplish two things: first, you’ll feel lighter and less cramped in your home; and second you’ll feel good about giving these items to people who can actually use them.
2) Scale Back Commitments
An active life is good for you, but not if it leaves you feeling stressed and fatigued! Most of us take on much more than necessary as far as obligations and even recreational activities are concerned.
Take a few minutes to think about the things you do on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis. Do you really need to do all of them? Have you taken on responsibilities that really aren’t yours? Are you spending time on activities you no longer enjoy? Make a list of at least a few activities or obligations that you can eliminate, and then go ahead and do so, even if you have to cut them down gradually.
3) Enjoy the Silence
A deceptively simple way to live a life of simplicity and ease is to shut out the mental and actual “noise” of your busy life on a regular basis. Sitting in silence for just a few minutes can drastically reduce your stress levels and leave you feeling calm, centered and happy.
If you live near a park or natural setting, you can even boost the effectiveness of this activity by spending time in nature. While not completely silent, natural settings have soothing sounds like running water, singing birds and wind sighing through trees, which automatically trigger feelings of peace and wellbeing.
When it comes right down to it, living a simpler life is about learning how to slow down and connect more deeply with your inner self. Whether you do that by simplifying your surroundings, calming your schedule or enjoying a quiet respite each day, the result is the same, a happier and more peaceful you!