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.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. 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.
4. Breathe. The act of deep breathing is simple and it can do wonders in helping relieve stress and tension we hold in our bodies. Just 3 short minutes of concentrated breathing can help lower stress levels and release tension and anxiety.
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5. Be sure to eat. Remember that food is fuel for the body. It is what gives us energy especially when our meal time schedule is off. Sugary foods and junk food from the vending machine can leave you drained, you can bring healthy snacks as a great option. As an option, I keep nuts and protein bars in a special pack along with pure bottled water for those times when you are not expecting your schedule to be changed.
6. Talk with others. While it may seem you have an overwhelming situation, when sharing your concerns with others you may find comfort that others may have had a similar experience.
7. Accept that you cannot do it all. This is by far one of the most difficult areas to accept. As a result of being a type A perfectionist, I do not like when I am forced to shorten my workout sessions, maybe not eat as well as I should, and get upset with the way things are not done, but this is life. As a result I have experienced what they call “burning the candle at both ends” can do for health. Also, what the term “stress can kill” first hand means. I can tell you more about that at another time and place.The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another. Click To Tweet
8. Rest is important. Sleep and rest help us recharge our batteries. This is when our body does repair work we need so much.
9. It’s OK to let things slide. I love an immaculate home, however when circumstances present themselves (which is often in life) I accept that there is only so much time in a day. It’s OK to not get EVERYTHING done. It will still be there when things settle down.
10. Recognize when you are being inefficient. Do you get stuck answering e-mails for two hours at the expense of higher-value items? Ask yourself, what’s my ultimate outcome that I want and will this achieve it?
Shirley Noah, founder of In Good Health Coach, has a background in research about health and wellness. She pursues natural health techniques and sharing information on the use of herbs, essential oils, eating and foods for a healthy lifestyle and more. She believes that we – not just the doctor or dentist – have the responsibility of investigating the best tools to achieve and maintain our own health. We are the ones having to live with the results of our choices. It is her hope to make the learning process easier for you by condensing many foundational truths.
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