How to reduce stress
Wednesday, 29 July 2020

As the saying goes, into each life a little rain must fall. However, for anyone who has ever worked on building a career alongside maintaining a relationship, becoming a homeowner, trying to work out and stay healthy, raise children, and if possible find the time to hold down some semblance of a social life, this so called ‘little rain’ is the understatement of the year. Try flood. Try tsunami. Try ‘does anyone have the number of someone who can build an ark’. 


 Life is stress. Every day is an onslaught of cramming about 20 hours of ‘stuff’ into a 16 hour slot. It’s just not possible. Things get missed. Plans get rehashed. People get let down. Life sees your plans and raises you a locked door with NO written on it. It’s enough to give you a barrage of symptoms linked to stress. Depression, anxiety, anger, and even acid reflux can all form part of your body’s reaction to being pulled in about a thousand directions at once (incidentally, for those following the news in relation to acid reflux medications, you may wish to get in touch with a Zantac lawsuit lawyer if you have been affected). 

Burn off the stress in whatever way you can

Stress begins in your mind. When we perceive a situation to be unassailable, the brain has a few tricks up its sleeve. First of all, humans are problem solvers. If we run into a brick wall, we’ll look to the left and to the right to see if there is any way to get around the wall. But where we are hemmed in on all sides (with no signs of a ladder), the brain hits the panic button and releases adrenaline and cortisol (the stress hormone). 

Despite cortisol being called the stress hormone, cortisol is not a bad thing. It’s actually a very useful thing. It controls blood pressure and blood sugar levels and also promotes memory function - in effect, it can give your muscles an energy boost and make your brain think faster. All very useful for survival in extreme cases, but not very useful when sat at your desk in the office. Exercise can burn off this extra energy and reduce your high pressure stress levels. 

Sleep like you mean it

Sleep is an essential part of regulating stress levels. If your mind and body are revved up to the max for 18 hours a day before resorting to a sleeping pill, your natural rhythms will be all over the place. Avoid work before bed and try to go to sleep at the same time each night. By creating a routine, your body will perform better in all aspects of how you react to stress, in both the mind and body. 

Professional help is also available - speak to your doctor if you feel your stress levels are becoming uncontrollable. 


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