Today, it is hard to live a life completely stress-free. There seems to be stressful situations wherever you turn. However, if your body is under a constant state of stress, this can harm your overall health.

What is stress?

Stress is a chemical reaction in the body when an individual is faced with a threat or challenge. This natural occurrence is also known as the fight or flight response which our ancestors used when they had to fight off predators. When this happens the body releases adrenaline and cortisol, two stress hormones that stimulate the autonomic nervous system which prepares our body for action.

Prolonged stress

If an individual is constantly stressed, they are facing some serious adverse health effects. Chronic stress has been linked to the top six leading causes of death in the United States. These include:

  1. Heart disease
  2. Cancer
  3. Stroke
  4. Chronic lower respiratory disease
  5. Accidents
  6. Diabetes

How to lower stress

For those of you who are facing chronic stress, it is important to know how to manage your stress levels. These interventions focus on mental, physical, and sometimes spiritual management techniques in order to help with prolonged stress. Meditation, breathing exercises, time management, physical activity, guided imagery and preparing for future stressors can ultimately help an individual control and manage their stress.

For more information on stress management please visit our main site by the following link: Stress Management.

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