Stress Buster FAQ

What happens when you’re stressed?

Stress is what you feel when you have to handle more than you feel your ready are able to handle.  When your stressed, your body responds as thought you’re in danger – flight or fight response.   Some stress is normal and even usual.

What causes stress?

Long term stress is the the most serious and dangerous stress.  It’s caused by many irritating hassles sometimes the hassle is small but over a period of time and are ongoing.  This chronic stress can lead to:

  • health problems
  • Emotional problems
  • Relationship problems
  • Unhappy work or job related stress
  • Conflict with others  and general sadness
  • Anxiety and depression if left unchecked

What can you do about stress?

The good news is that you can manage stress and get it under control.

  • Find out what is causing stress in your life
  • Look for healthy ways to reduce the amount of stress
  • Learn healthy ways to relieve stress

What are some healthy ways I can deal with stress today? 

  1. Exercise: It sounds cliche but this is the best stress reliever on the planet.  When your body is coursing with stress hormones, they stay in the body unless you get moving.  Exercise can include. yoga, walking, jogging, aerobic, weight training.  Before you start a program consult with your health care professional.
  2. Water: Drinking 6 – 8 glasses of water a day helps with eliminating toxins and keep your body at it’s peak performance level.
  3. Food: It’s important to have healthy, regular meals every 2-3 hours to keep energized and operating at a higher level.  Fruits, vegetables  lean meat or protein are all important part of a healthy diet.
  4. Meditation:  New research shows that regular meditation increases brain gray matter by 30% more neuron networks  more brain activity, less chance of dementia.
  5. Breathing:  by simply focusing your attention on breathing, you can relax.  Most people don’t breathe deep enough; deep breathing helps allow more oxygen to the brain and allows the body to slow down and relax.
  6. Visualization: This technique has you concentrate on images held in the mind and work with the connection between the visual brain and the involuntary nervous system.
  7. Massage:  This is a very effective stress reliever as it is in stimulating the circulatory system, warming up the muscles, eliminating toxins and calming the mind and body.