Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Get Healthy – Let Go of Stress

We know that today stress is a huge factor in many people's lives. Although stress is a reaction that is natural, it was meant to help you out, not harm you. Unfortunately over time, if your body is constantly stressed out, stress can begin to affect you in negative ways. This is why controlling and letting go of your stress is so important. Here's a closer look at stress, what it can do to your body, and how you can improve your stress levels for some great health benefits.

Stress and Why It's Unhealthy
Wondering what exactly stress is? Well, it's the natural reaction that the body has to protect you. Essentially it is the "fight or flight" mechanism in your body, which is much like an alarm system. Your body is designed to protect you in a reaction to stress; however, today stress has become a way of life for many people. When the body is constantly stressed and in the alarm mode, it becomes very draining and unhealthy for your body and can lead to physical problems if it continues to occur.

What Stress Does to Your Body
When you start dealing with stress on a chronic level, you start to see more physical symptoms. In the beginning they may be quite mild, such as colds and headaches, but the more stress you have, the more serious the physical symptoms can be. Some of the things that stress can do to the body include causing diabetes, obesity, depression, ulcers, cancer, heart disease, anxiety disorder, gum disease, and more. In fact, studies are showing that more than half of visits to the doctor deal with symptoms that are in some way related to stress.

Improving Your Stress Levels
Now that you understand how dangerous stress can be and how it can affect your body, you may be wondering what you can do to improve your stress levels. There are actually many things you can do to improve your stress levels.

One of the best things to do is exercise. Exercising helps to manage stress and relieves muscle tension in your body as well. Relaxation techniques such as yoga or progressive relaxation can help. Make it a routine, try it at least five to seven days a week, if possible. Consider writing to get your feelings out to help relieve your stress. Even engaging in a hobby you enjoy can help to alleviate your stress levels.

Benefits of Letting Go of Stress
When you learn to control and let go of stress in your life, you'll find that there are many benefits to enjoy. First of all, you'll notice that your health improves. As you let go of that stress, some of those stress related health problems should go away. Even your looks may improve as a result of letting go of stress. You'll have a better complexion and you'll probably even lose weight. Last of all, you'll benefit from being more productive. When you are stressed, being productive is hard. Without all that stress, you'll be a more productive person.

Source by Aaton Maston