What is Your Stress Level?

What is Your Stress Level?
Stress Level

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 the hormones in your hypothalamus (part 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.  Then the adrenal gland stimulates the release of cortisol.  This is where it gets ugly, cortisol activates your brain’s reward center and increases levels of insulin in the blood stream. This in turn stimulates the desire for high-fat high-sugar foods.  Here’s where it begins to affect your health and well-being, so let’s look at what we can do to take action and avoid further damage.

Here are Ten Simple 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.

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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. When your trust you rest well.  Sleep and rest help us recharge our batteries.  This is when our body does repair work we need so much.

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Does Job Related Stress Impact Your Health?

Job Related Stress Will Affect Your Health

Most People have a vision of their “dream” job that reflects their gifts and unique talents.  Is Yours?  If your job is not meeting those requirements, it could be a factor for job related stress.  You might want to take some time to examine this concept.

We spend much of our time performing our jobs.  So, if your job and work relationships create dissatisfaction it is affecting your health more than you realize.  Research suggests that is your work is creating a stressful environment for you, your health may suffer.

Does Work Stress Impact Your Health
Does Work Stress Impact Your Health

If your job is bringing you stress, that you might want to figure out why.  Is it the people?  Is it a co-worker’s lack of competence affecting you?  Is there too little freedom at your job?  Is your workplace disorganized?

Your Job Can Be Hazardous to Your Waistline

Increased stress and anxiety can lead to chronic health issues such as high blood pressure, heart disease, inflammation, and diabetes. In addition to an increasing of risk for various health issues, research suggests that your job may also affect your weight. Read More

Is Stress Making You Eat More?

Why Do You Eat?

We all deal with stress.  And we each have our own way of dealing with it.  A very common way to deal with stress, especially chronic stress, is eating.  When we are stressed, our body releases cortisol, a stress hormone.   In addition, another hormone that is released is ghrelin  a hunger hormone.There are a few differences between eating when you are stressed out and eating because your body physically needs food. Click To Tweet

Ghrelin stimulates the release of dopamine in the brain, this tells the body that it wants to eat.  Cortisol is what triggers our food cravings such as salty, sweet, and fried.  In other words, when you are feeling stressed, you have an intense desire for foods that give you pleasure and a burst of energy.

However, how do you know when you are eating because you are hungry and when you are driven by stress?

Stress Eating
Stress Eating

What is Stress Eating and Physical Hunger?

There are a few differences between eating when you are stressed out and eating because your body physically needs food.  However, when you are stressed it is sometimes difficult to tell the difference.  Here are some of the main differences between and stress eating and when you physically need to eat.

  • When you are hungry because of stress, it comes on suddenly and feels overwhelming. Physical hunger comes on more gradual and doesn’t demand to be instantly satisfied. When you are physically hungry, all food sounds good.  You just want to eat.  However, when your hunger is due to stress you will crave specific foods, such as pizza or chocolate.
  • When you are eating due to stress, you are typically eating mindlessly without really thinking about how much you are eating. (Like when you eat the whole bag of chips).  However, when you eat for physical needs, you tend to be more aware of how much you are eating and when you are full. Read More