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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Is Your Body Toxic Due to Stress?

Detoxification and Stress
Detoxification and Stress

Stress and Detoxification

Are you toxic because of stress?  It seems like everyone has stress today.  But did you know that it affects every cell and tissue in our bodies?  It robs you of important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, breaks down your major organs and lowers your immune system.  Over time, unrelieved stress causes severe acid build-up that hinders your digestion of nutrients.  It interferes with your body’s cleansing processes and contributes to toxic buildup.

Reducing stress is critical to your health.  You can eat a perfect diet, cleanse your body inside and out, and exercise regularly, but if you are in constant state of stress, your physical problems won’t go away.

Is Your Body Toxic Due to Your Thoughts and Feelings?

Positive thought and emotions contribute to good health.  Negative thoughts and feelings are damaging.  They literally “eat at you”.  Positive, optimistic thoughts are more nurturing while boosting your digestion. Read More