Better Your Health With These Stress Reducers

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Can You Better Your Health With These Stress Reducers?

By Tana, RN

better your health with these stress reducersDid you know you could better your health with these stress reducers? We have known for a while that too much stress is hard on our bodies. Research continues to show that it is one of the biggest risk factors for disease, from the common cold to cancer.

When we experience negative stress such as anxiety, anger and even depression, our body sends out adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones are fine now and then. They are helpful in our survival. When adrenaline and cortisol get released too much over long periods of time, it causes abnormalities that can lead to illness and disease.

There are are many ways to reduce the stress load. You may know what helps you. Maybe it is reading a book in a quiet room, watching your favorite funny show or taking a walk.

Here Are 5 Top Stress Reducers

Exercise: One of the best ways to keep stress under control, experts tell us, is with regular exercise. When we exercise, oxygen levels increase and endorphins are released into the body. It helps us to feel better. In addition, the brain chemicals dopamine and serotonin are fired up. These brain chemicals help us to feel more relaxed and happy plus help us sleep better at night. Sleeping well not only helps to keep stress more manageable, it helps improve overall health. It is a whole other topic of importance.

Eating Right: If you are not getting good daily nutrition, then you are putting undue stress on your body. It has to work harder to perform its most basic functions, not to mention keeping you well. If it is working harder on these things, you will likely not have the needed energy to effectively deal with even the most normal daily challenges.

Laughter: You might remember the book written by that doctor showing practical proof that laughter is the best medicine. I have found laughter to be of utmost importance. In hard times, it can be really difficult to laugh on a daily basis. A supply of your favorite laughter sources can help you keep stress managed. It might be movies, TV shows, funny clips on Youtube, books, audio tapes, quotes or people. Even if you have to schedule some of these each day, do it. Research shows that even if we fake a good belly laugh, it still sends out the feel good chemicals in our body.

Evaluation: If you are consistently unhappy and stressed, maybe a self-evaluation is an order. We sometimes get stuck in a rut. Are we always seeing the negative in everything or everyone? Are we so beaten down and worried about our current circumstance that we don’t reach out to help others anymore? Are we blaming others? Do we need to let go of a hurt from the past? These can all contribute to our daily stress load. If you find a problem area in this self-evaluation, then work on a plan to resolve it.

Helping Others: It can be difficult to take our focus off ourselves when we are extremely stressed or sad. It has been shown though when we are helping others, even in small ways, it takes the focus off our troubles and gives us a rewarding sense of helpfulness. This can go a long way in decreasing our stress.

Making Stress Reducers A Habit

These are just a few ways to better your health by using these stress reducers. Remember that you need to implement ways to reduce your stress on a daily consistent basis. If you have a situation that is seen as the main cause, then taking steps to resolve that is recommended, if possible. If it isn’t, then you still need to put in daily stress reducers until they are habit, such as the ones listed above. They will likely become something you look forward to in your day. And if you need help, don’t be afraid to ask someone you trust. We all have stress. At times in life, it is greater than other times and we need to take extra care of ourselves, so it doesn’t send us to overwhelm.

If we are to protect our health as much as possible, we need to do what we can in implementing stress reducers that we can use on a consistent basis.


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