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Archive for July, 2009

Stress!

Thursday Thirteen

I’m feeling a little out of control this week, so I thought I’d explore the topic of stress.

Thirteen Things about Stress

1. Stress is your bodies natural response to danger or threats.

2. Your nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones rouse the body for emergency action. Your heart pounds faster, muscles tighten, blood pressure rises, breath quickens, and your senses become sharper.

3. These physical changes increase your strength and stamina, speed your reaction time, and enhance your focus – preparing you to either fight or flee from the danger at hand.

4. Modern living can be so fast-paced and full-on that stress becomes part of the everyday life.

5. In small doses, stress is good. When stress is a constant factor, your body and mind pay the price.

6. Long-term exposure to stress can lead to serious health problems. Chronic stress disrupts nearly every system in your body. It can raise blood pressure, suppress the immune system, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, contribute to infertility, and speed up the aging process. Long-term stress can even rewire the brain, leaving you more vulnerable to anxiety and depression.

7. Stress can cause a lot of damage so it’s important to know your own limit.

8. A network of supportive friends and family members buffers against life’s stressors. The more lonely and isolated you are, the greater your vulnerability to stress.

9. Managing stress is about taking charge: taking charge of your thoughts, your emotions, your schedule, your environment, and the way you deal with problems.

10. Spend time with the people you love and don’t let your responsibilities keep you from having a social life.

11. Relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, and deep breathing activate the body’s relaxation response, a state of restfulness that is the opposite of the stress response.

12. Physical symptoms can include: Aches and pains, Diarrhea or constipation, Nausea, dizziness, Chest pain, rapid heartbeat, Loss of sex drive, Frequent colds.

13. Top Ten Stressful Life Events – Source: Holmes-Rahe Life Stress Inventory

Spouse’s death, Divorce, Marriage separation, Jail term, Death of a close relative, Injury or illness, Marriage,
Fired from job, Marriage reconciliation, Retirement

Source: Understanding Stress

My favorite things to do to destress are spending time with my hubby, because he makes me laugh, and exercising – either walking or cycling or boxing on the Wii or walking the dog. I also like to bake cakes and listen to my iPod. :grin:

What is your favorite way to destress?



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