Five Ways Stress Affects Your Mind and Body

Five Ways Stress Affects Your Mind and Body

By Christina Sarich – Nation of Change – 26 August 2013.

Here are five reasons why learning how to destress is so important.

We all know we should lower our stress levels, but it isn’t always easy. Sometimes, though, knowing exactly how stress is affecting us can be highly motivating to take steps that will actually decrease stress in our lives. Whether we do it by spending time in nature, practicing yoga or tai chi, laughing more often, or by unplugging from our computers and smart phones for at least a few hours every day, lowering stress is imperative. Here are 5 reasons why learning how to destress is so important:

  • 1. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, stress leads to some of the most debilitating diseases of our time, including higher rates of heart disease, cancer, accidental injury and even suicide. Try taking ten deep, relaxed breaths to combat stress and live a little longer.  
  • 2. Stress produces more cortisol, norepinephrine, and adrenaline – 3 hormones that deplete your vitamin B stores and suppress your immune system. Dr. Hans Selye, a stress-studying scientist has even said that the amount of stress in your life can even predict how many colds you are likely to get. While these hormones are responsible for arousal – too much of them can make your body feel like it is at high-alert all the time. Instead, try some old-fashioned intimate contact, or just a friendly, platonic hug. Human contact lowers stress levels. Psychiatrist Charles Nemeroff, M.D. says affection is great for lowering stress levels.  [Read more]
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