Do you know that stress is one of the most serious health concerns nowadays?
It is known as the “silent Killer.” Physical, mental, and emotional stress causes us to age prematurely. It makes us really look older than we look.
Everyone has to deal with stress, whether it is stress from family, work, or from any other outside source. The problem is, when stress becomes excessive. Long-term chronic stress or stress exhaustion not only makes you feel miserable, but it has a negative effect on your body, as well as your physical appearance – like your hair, skin, and your general looks.
Worry Makes You Look Old
Everyone worries to some extent, but for some people worrying is a way of life. Chronic worry creates stress and can lead to high anxiety and a variety of health problems. Many people that worry excessively are so overtaken by anxiety that they seek relief in the form of harmful lifestyle habits such as smoking, alcohol and/or drug use, and overeating.
Symptoms of Stress
Excessive stress, worry and high anxiety all take an enormous toll on the immune system. High amounts of stress release hormones which depress the immune system and speeds up the aging process. Chronic stress and excessive worrying are linked to physical, psychological, and emotional symptoms such as:
- frequent colds,
- heart disease,
- high blood pressure,
- digestive problems,
- chronic disease,
- and sublaxations.
What is Sublaxation?
Sublaxations, also known as vertebral subluxations, are a misalignment of the spine in which one or more bones of the spine (vertebrae) and discs move out of position and may cause pressure and irritation to the nervous system.
Sublaxations are caused by physical or emotional stress, trauma, and/or chemical stresses caused from smoking, drug and alcohol use, and poor diet. The nervous system is the master control center for all bodily functions. Since the nervous system controls all the functions of the body, subluxations diminish energy, chi flow, lymphatic drainage, nerve information and decreases the brain’s ability to transfer the information through the nerves that travel to every organ, cell, and tissue within the body.
Reduce Stress, Free Up the Energy
If you truly want to slow down the aging process, incorporate stress management strategies into your daily life. If you`re experiencing stress symptoms, physical activity is a great way to blow off some steam. Check out a yoga class or spend time in nature or TRY THESE HEALTHY AND NURTURING STRESS REDUCTIONS.
REDUCE STRESS NATURALLY:
(1) Breathing Exercise
Good breathing equates to better health in all realms of life – physical, mental, emotional, cognitive, and spiritual. Sitting in a relaxed position, bring your attention to your breath. Inhale slowly and deeply through your nose, feeling your stomach expand. As you slowly exhale, gently pull your stomach in, making your exhalation twice as long as your inhalation. Do this for 5 minutes or as often as needed when feeling stressed or cranky.
(2) Meditate for calming mind
Quiet your mind and relieve stress by practicing daily meditation. Whether you take a class or watch a video, learning how to meditate is a great way to find inner peace.
(3) Soak in Hot Bath
Light some candles, turn on some soft music, and sprinkle a few drops of essential oils in the water. Lavender works well for stress. Relax and breathe in the scent. Try to turn off negative thoughts and visualize a place or scenario that makes you feel good.
There is nothing like a good massage to melt away tension. If you don’t have the time or can’t afford the luxury of having a professional massage – Do it Yourself! Starting at the head, use a small amount of warmed aromatherapy essential oil. Chamomile has a very calming effect. Massage the scalp with the fingertips and palms in a circular motion, working your way down the body. End with your feet, vigorously stimulating the pressure points.
(5) Sun Bathing
Many people experience mood dips especially in the wintertime. 15-20 minutes of natural light a day, or even just 3-4 days a week, can have a dramatic effect on boosting your serotonin levels and can really boost your mood and spirit!
(6) Take a Walk
Taking a walk at least 3 or 4 times a week will make a difference. You can also do other activities if you like, such as ride a bike, work out to an exercise video, play a game or do any activity that you enjoy! Just get your body moving and your blood flowing – 30 minutes is all you need to help bring you out of the worries.
Burn off tension and lift your spirits with upbeat tunes that make you feel good. And sing! Even if you are no rock star, sing to your heart`s content, as if you were.
Writing things down on a paper can really help! Spend a few minutes analyzing your thoughts to determine if there is a pattern or if you possibly have distorted thinking. Maybe it is your memory cells that are negatively influencing the way you feel. Focus on thinking positive and try to let go negative, self-destructive thought patterns. And make it a point to remember what you are thankful for. Do this every morning once you wake up to start your day.
(9) Eat Mood boosting foods
There are several foods that will help you from feeling irritable to a good mood feeling. Examples: Black-eyed peas (increase motivation and concentration), Almonds (tame anger), Spinach (banish brain fog), Green tea (calm your mind), Tart cherry juice (feel more rested). These are just few of the examples, but overall always make sure to eat a well-balanced diet.
(10) Hydrate yourself with Water
Water is an elixir of life. Our body tends to feel lousy or not energetic because it is telling us that the body is dehydrated. Making sure to drink water all the time, at least 8 glasses of water can help tame the stress. Besides, if our body is hydrated, our skin will look good.
If all these fails and you are still experiencing chronic stress symptoms, you may want to talk with a psychotherapist or a psychologist to help you cope and deal with any issues that are causing you stress.
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