What Is Stress

Defined simply,​ stress is​ the​ body’s reaction to​ a​ threat or​ challenge resulting from a​ situation (called a​ stressor) that can be either positive or​ negative. the​ body does not differentiate between psychological and physiological stress.

Physical Symptoms:

Physical changes when under stress may include tense muscles,​ pounding heart rate,​ cold or​ clammy hands,​ headache,​ sweating,​ and a​ feeling of​ butterflies in​ the​ stomach,​ dry mouth,​ stomach ache,​ heartburn,​ colds,​ fatigue,​ constipation,​ teeth grinding,​ skin rash and back pain.

Mental and Behavioral Symptoms:

Irritability,​ anxiety,​ apathy,​ nervousness,​ depression,​ hostility,​ forgetfulness,​ confusion,​ short temper,​ overeating,​ under-eating,​ overly emotional,​ excessive smoking/drinking and withdrawal from relationships.

Other signs of​ stress include talking faster than normal,​ biting one’s nails,​ pacing,​ restlessness,​ hyperactivity,​ distractibility,​ and trembling. Under chronic stress the​ person will seem tired,​ restless,​ and feel out of​ control.

How to​ get rid of​ Stress?

Research has shown that best tension reliever is​ physical exercise. it​ is​ a​ great remedy for stress. No other thing comes near exercise in​ reducing stress. Exercise also helps you​ sleep by relaxing the​ tense muscles.

Positive Benefits:

1. Exercise is​ a​ diversion that enables you​ to​ relax due to​ a​ change in​ environment or​ routine. it​ also serves as​ an​ outlet to​ dissipate emotions.

2. it​ improves blood flow to​ your brain,​ bringing additional sugars and oxygen that may be needed when you​ are thinking intensely.

3. When you​ think hard,​ the​ neurons of​ your brain function more intensely. as​ they do this,​ they can build up toxic waste products that can cause foggy thinking. By exercising you​ speed the​ flow of​ blood through your brain,​ moving these waste products faster.

4. Exercise can cause release of​ chemicals called endorphins into your blood stream. These give you​ a​ feeling of​ happiness and positively affect your overall sense of​ well being.

5. There is​ also good evidence that physically fit people have less extreme physiological responses when under pressure than those who are not. This means that fit people are more able to​ handle the​ long term effects of​ stress,​ without suffering ill health or​ burnout.

In addition to​ a​ regular exercise program,​ you​ can incorporate these stress reducing exercises.

1. Do some gentle neck rolls to​ help get rid of​ the​ tension. Let your chin drop slowly forward. Slowly roll you​ head to​ you​ right shoulder,​ back,​ left shoulder and front. Now do the​ same in​ the​ opposite direction. Do it​ slowly and repeat 10 times.

2. Inhale 10 deep breaths. Fill your lungs full,​ hold and exhale slowly,​ ridding all the​ air. Repeat. the​ fresh dose of​ oxygen will also recharge your energy.

3. Lie on​ the​ floor or​ sit in​ a​ comfortable chair. With your hands at​ your side or​ on​ the​ chair arm,​ visualize each part of​ your body,​ beginning with you​ toes and moving up. Take your time and feel you​ body relax,​ bit by bit.

4. Sit on​ the​ edge of​ your chair,​ and lean forward,​ resting your chest on​ your knees with your hands and head hanging loosely. Slowly unroll you​ back,​ vertebra by vertebra,​ until you’re sitting up nice and straight. This is​ an​ excellent exercise for unknotting your back

5. Stand and stretch with you​ hands over you​ head. Swing down to​ touch your toes,​ bending your knees if​ you​ need to. Repeat 5 to​ 10 times. Now place your hands on​ your hips,​ with your legs apart. Bend forward until your chest is​ parallel. Turn your head and body slowly to​ the​ left,​ then right forward. Repeat five to​ 10 times.

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