Everyone knows that stress isn't good - that it can get on
top of us and effect our wellbeing. What most people don't
realise is that stress can effect much more than just our
mood or mental state. Stress has been shown to have a
detrimental effect on many parts of our body and indeed
peoples health in general.
Most people are so used to stress and tension in their lives
that they do little or nothing about it until it begins to
have major negative effects on them. Everyone suffers from
stress - but it is important to sit up and take notice when
that stress begins to effect you.
Stress has a negative effect on your mental processes, it
can make you moody, anxious and unable to calmly cope with
life. However stress effects all of your body. Stress can
cause many afflictions such as high heart rate and blood
pressure difficulties. These are two key indicators of
stress being a problem so if you suffer from them then it is
time to try to reduce the stress in your life. By acting
early you can dramatically reduce your stress level and your
health should return to normal.
If you're wondering about whether or not you should reduce
stress in your daily life, the answer is probably yes. Even
if you do not feel overly stressed out all that often,
stress reduction will still improve your life. Since being
too stressed can have major long term effects on your
health, this is one case where you're probably better safe
Reducing your stress is not difficult, a little time spent
planning how to change your life can make a huge difference.
A small effort will go a long way to making you feel better
about yourself and others.
The first thing that you should do is to sit down and make a
list of all the things that are causing you to be stressed
out. It doesn't matter whether or not you think something
should be stressful - write down anything that genuinely is
stressful to you. Then, go through the list again and see
which things you can eliminate from your life.
Obviously you wont be able to elminate everything on your
list from your life, there are some things like work that
are simply necessary. But there will be lots of things on
your list that you genuinely can address. Doing this, even
with only a few of the things on your list, can make all the
difference in your stress level.
Relaxation is something that you should add to your schedule
on a regular basis. There are few things that reduce your
overall stress level like a good time spent relaxing.
Therefore, you should set aside a period everyday to relax -
and make sure that it's actually scheduled, after all,
you're doing it for your health.
Exercise is another excellent way to combat stress, it will
make you feel better and more confident. It is particularly
good because it will make you fitter also, so your health
will benefit doubly.
If you start working on stress reduction, you should start
seeing improvements in your health right away. Also, even
if you are not noticing that your health is improving right
away, you should still feel confident that it is - the more
relaxed you are, the better you should feel. Start working
on stress reduction today, and have a healthier life
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