The words of that song are a great reminder not to allow stress to dominate our lives This is easier said than done since opportunities to get stressed out present themselves on a daily, sometimes even hourly, basis!
But what is stress?
Stress is basically a physical response by the body when it thinks that it is under attack. The body turns into fight or flight mode. This response releases hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol, that can initiate a string of reactions which can range from digestion being interrupted to the heart beating faster and subsequently sending blood to the muscles needed for the flight or fight response.
How can stress affect your body?
As we learned in the video, stress :
- Can cause the muscles to tense and this prolonged tension in the head, neck, and shoulders, can cause headaches and migraines.
- Can lead to the release of adrenaline and cortisone and a subsequent increase in heart rate, and harder breathing, which could result in panic attacks.
- Can decrease the sex drive
- Can result in hair loss.
Chronic stress can additionally result in:
- An increased risk of heart attack and stroke.
That’s the bad news.
The GOOD news is that stress can be reduced and controlled!
The tips below can be practiced until they become new habits to replace your old ways of handling stress.
- Smile frequently. Laugh often.
- Practice deep breathing
- Exercise. Even 5-10 minutes each day can make an impact
- Get 7-9 hours of sleep each night
- Indulge in your favorite things and activities
- Do not overschedule your day
- Talk to a counselor or a friend
- Keep a ‘stress free journal’ to write down the things that make you feel stressed and the best ways to cope with them
Remember DON’T WORRY, BE HAPPY!
We would love to hear from you. Please let us know additional methods that you use to handle your stress.