Dealing with Stress can Save your Life!  Are you living with too much stress? Is stress overwhelming you?  Do you have days that you feel nothing works and life is too much?

Are you spending more time enjoying life or are you so stressed you are screaming… crying…. pacing the floor… ready to pull your hair out… or do you lay awake at night?

We all deal with stress in our life. According to the American Psychological Association, American Institute of Stress, NY, 77% of people regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress.  (source: http://www.statisticbrain.com/stress-statistics/)

Some people learn how to deal with stress better than others.  However, when stressful situations pile up like mountain each of can react differently to the stress it causes.  How long and how much you deal with this stress can affect your health.

The percentages below show that we all feel stress in a wide variety of ways:

  • Fatigue                        51 %
  • Headache                   44 %
  • Upset stomach            34 %
  • Muscle tension            30 %
  • Change in appetite      23 %
  • Teeth grinding             17 %
  • Change in sex drive    15 %
  • Feeling dizzy               13 %
  • Irritability or anger       50 %
  • Feeling nervous          45 %
  • Lack of energy            45 %
  • Feeling as though you could cry        35 %

 

If you are exposed to stress over a long period of time, it’s known as chronic stress. This can lead to very serious health problems. This type of stress can put a lot of wear and tear on the body, causing it to age prematurely and be more prone to illnesses.

 

Short-term stress signs include:

  • Headaches
  • Neck pain and other body aches
  • Fatigue
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Upset stomach
  • Irritability

Long-term stress, when not addressed, can lead to serious health conditions like:

  • Depression
  • High blood pressure
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Abnormal heartbeat (arrhythmia)
  • Hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis)
  • Heart disease or heart attack
  • Heartburn, ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome
  • Upset stomach – cramps, constipation, and diarrhea
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Fertility problems
  • Asthma or arthritis flare-ups

 

Natural Ways to Reduce Stress

Often people suffering from anxiety want a natural way to reduce stress. They don’t want to use pharmaceutical drugs for treatment due to their considerable side effects.

Here are five natural ways to reduce stress.

1. Nutritional changes

Eat a healthy, balanced diet to help build up the immune system and lowering blood pressure.

 

2. Relaxation techniques

Considers doing deep breathing exercises. With this method, you consciously pay attention to your breathing. Begin by slowing your breathing and focusing on taking regular, deep breaths.  When you feel stress gaining on you, take several deep long breathes

 

3. Stretching and exercising

Do you know exercise will help you release good endorphins?  Start an exercise routine.

 

4. Socialize to get rid of stress

 Make dates to be around your friends (the right friends). Call or spend time with them when you feel stress overwhelming you.

 

Get out of the house if the stress is there. Go to a happy place like a park or restaurant.

 

5. Activities that enhance your daily life

 Watch a comedy or go to a comedy show.  or watching comic movies. Laughter is always great medicine.

Listen to your favorite music. Classical music has been shown to soothe emotions. Dance, sing and have fun.

Volunteer. Helping others always relieves stress.  Just don’t fill your calendar to overflowing.

Make an appointment for a day at the spa. Give yourself permission to get a spa treatment to help relax your muscles.

Act like a kid again or play with your kids. Let go. Run. Giggle. Just be silly.

Take a break every now and then. Spend time alone when you need to.

 

You can choose to use Pharmaceutical Remedies but keep in mind their potential side effects.    Take time to breathe and realize you have got this.   It is always one day at a time.  

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