Stress and Health

We all know that being stressed is not fun, and is definitely not healthy. We all get overwhelmed sometimes whether it is school, family, friends, or just general responsibilities that we have. Finding easy and enjoyable ways to relieve stress is quite beneficial because mental health is just as important as physical health. In fact stress can take a toll on your body as well as your mind. Stress can cause restlessness and the inability to sleep, underrating or overeating, unwillingness to participate in physical activities, and just leads to unhealthy behavior overall. In more extreme cases stress can lead to high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. Clearly stress is a serious issue and should be handled before it is too late. I wanna look at fun and simple ways to subdue stressful feelings to keep you both mentally and physically healthy.

The first thing you should do when you are feeling overwhelmed and stressed out is slow down and identify what is bothering you. If what you are stressed about has to be done soon I would suggest just taking a second to breath and just think positive. I know that sounds pointless but it can actually help a lot more than you think. If you have time to deal with what is going on in your life the best stress reliever of all is doing something you love, that is also healthy.

Being with others you enjoy is a great way to lower stress

When I am stressed I love to be with friends, go outside, watch shows, read, and hang out with my pets. These relaxing and enjoyable activities enable tensed muscles to relax and reduce anxiety. Stress was initially a survival mechanism as it enabled our ancestors to tense up at signs of danger. Nowadays we don’t have that same kind danger to worry about and tension caused by stress puts unnecessary strain on our bodies which leads to harmful health consequences.

Me and the dogs! (trust me dogs help)

When stressed I also find that physical activity helps whether that is taking a walk or going to workout. When you exercise your body releases endorphins leading to a sense of euphoria. As well as relieving stress and overall just making you feel better physical activity is great for your body.

Hiking and being outdoors with others is another great stress reliever

Hopefully this gave you some insight into stress and inspired you to take time in your life to do things you enjoy. Not only is it fun but it is super healthy for you both mentally and physically!