Life asks a lot of us — spouses, jobs, friends, kids and pets — it can all add up and sometimes it’s more than we can handle.
That’s when stress kicks in
Stress is actually your body’s response to danger. You know the feeling — sweaty palms, racing heartbeat, an upset stomach. The hormones released used to help people face physical threats. But because we don’t fight saber-toothed tigers anymore, the hormones aren’t as helpful to us on a regular basis.
How long-term stress affects you
Nowadays, due to the demands of modern life, stress can last for weeks instead of just minutes or hours like in the past. When that happens, your system goes into overdrive and stress hormones can disrupt many of your body’s processes.
What is stress
Stress is about the relationship between the demands of your life and the emotional resources you have to meet these demands. Demands are usually things like your job or something going on with your family. Your health, your outlook on life, your relationships with family and friends, and your money situation affect how deep your emotional reserves go. Once your emotional resources are drained, you have a hard time meeting the demands life puts on you, and you start to feel stressed.
Tame your stress
These activities can help you manage stress and keep it at bay. Give them a try today.
- Get out and exercise. Consider walking, jogging, biking or anything else that gets you active. Physical activity releases chemicals in your body that give you a greater sense of well-being.
- Laugh out loud. Laughing lightens your mental load and does good things for your body. Laughter frees up and then cools down your stress response.
- Talk to friends and family. They can distract you, provide support and help you weather life’s difficulties.
Article courtesy of Anthem. visit anthem.com for more ways to get healthy – and stay healthy.