8. Stress less
Stress is a common term used to describe the mental and physical feelings that occur in the body when we find ourselves growing overwhelmed. Stress can be caused by many different things like worry over health, job status, financial problems and family issues. Stress can be considered to be either good or bad, as it can be useful to our health and safety in dangerous situations.
Generally speaking, there are four different types of stress. Cumulative stress, which can be built up from one small thing to another until it grows overwhelming; chronic stress, which can occur due to constant problems like debt, chronic pain, domestic violence or poverty; catastrophic stress caused by unexpected trauma like car accidents, natural disasters, death of a loved one; and control stress, which can occur when you find yourself losing control over everyday life.
Stress can affect the body and the mind, and when you’re under large amounts all the time you can become irritable, anxious, depressed and unwell. Symptoms of stress can be headaches, insomnia, overeating, not eating enough, or even drug and alcohol abuse. The hormones that are released when we’re stressed can begin to negatively affect cardiovascular and respiratory systems because stress hormones cause the heart to pump faster, raise blood pressure levels, and quicken your breathing. If this happens too often, you increase the risk of hypertension, stroke and even heart attack.
Stress also causes your liver to produce extra glucose, in order to give you a quick boost of energy. This is reabsorbed back into the body if it’s not used, and this extra glucose can raise the risk of weight gain and type 2 diabetes. In order to stop stressing, it’s important to learn how to manage stress correctly. Stress needs an outlet, and some simple ways to do this is exercise, spend time outdoors, practice yoga, keep a journal, meditate, or take a kick-boxing class.