We all know that dreaded feeling when your stress levels hit the roof. Your kid is screaming at the top of their lungs, your boss is demanding the impossible, and your significant other is questioning everything. The adrenaline rushes through your body and something just snaps! Well, maybe this is a little too dramatic, or maybe not. Everyone experiences stress in many different ways.
Having a constant state of stress has been linked to various health issues, including heart disease, hypertension, obesity, and inflammation. When the body is repeatedly exposed to stress, it can cause a vicious cycle of inflammation. This inflammation has a significant impact on your entire body and will cause damage to vital organs.
When experiencing a stressful situation the area of the brain that controls emotions sends a distress signal to the command center of the brain that sends out an alert through the nervous system which releases a flood of hormones including adrenaline and cortisol. This response triggers the flight or fight response. This adrenaline rushes through your body and causes inflammation. To reduce damage from stress, there are daily practices that you can do every day to reduce the damaging effects of stress.
Ways to reduce stress
- Practice breathing exercises
- Practice Gratitude
- Call support person
- Do relaxation exercises
- Immerse yourself in a creative outlet
- Express your feelings
- Be in the moment with one of your senses