How Can You Measure Your Stress Level?
How often do you practice the power of appreciation and an “attitude of gratitude” throughout the day?
Do you practice a stress management method, meditation, etc?
When do you feel “stressed out”?
Stress is your response to unusual demands made on you. You can respond positively or negatively, which is distress. Because the effects of your stress level depends on your response to the demands, you may often be your own worst enemy.
Stress causes hormones in your hypothalamus (an are of your brain stem) to be secreted. As a result, this causes the pituitary gland to stimulate the production of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH). ACTH travels through the blood stream from the pituitary gland to the adrenal gland. The adrenal gland stimulates the release of cortisol. Cortisol activates your brain’s reward center and increases levels of insulin in the blood stream, stimulating the desire for high-fat high-sugar foods.
Here are Ten Ways to Lower Your Stress Level:
1. Ask for help. It’s OK for you to ask family and friends to help you out. You do not get a Super Man award for trying to do it all. In fact, you may be so overwhelmed that staying committed to your healthy lifestyle is much harder than when you have others to help you along the way.
2. Keep exercising. Exercising can be tough when you feel as though you are being pulled in a thousand different directions. As you are aware, exercise is a big stress reliever. Even if you can’t keep up with your normal exercise routine, go for a quick walk or stair climbing.How to Measure Your Stress Level and 10 Ways to Reduce Stress ~ ShirleyJNoah” Click To Tweet
3. Trust. In Stephen Covey’s book Speed of Trust, he says people must be able to trust before they feel it. Why trust? The simple, often overlooked fact is this: work gets done with and through people. This book offers an unprecedented and eminently practical look at exactly how trust functions in every transaction and every relationship—from the most personal to the broadest, most indirect interaction.Rest is important. Sleep and rest help us recharge our batteries. This is when our body does repair work we need so much.