The Magic of Stress Relief
Its hard to avoid stress, but learning how to recognise the causes of tension in your life will help you to manage tasks more effectively.
Believe it or not, some stress is good for you. It provides you with energy and motivation, improves your performance, so that you are more likely to achieve your goals, and gives you satisfaction when you have achieved them.
Recognising Stress in Your Life
Prolonged stress can have a negative effect on your health, however. It drains you of energy and leads to stress-related symptoms, such as headaches and indigestion. Long term stress can raise your blood pressure, increasing your risk of heart disease and having a stroke, and may affect your immunity.
The key is to start to recognise stress, spot the warning signs, understand the causes, and learn how to reduce your anxiety levels. Explore different forms of stress relief, including relaxation techniques and complementary therapies.
The Benefits of Stress Relief
Stress hormones constrict blood vessels, inhibit the production of endorphins, (natural pain killers) and lower immunity. With the lowering of your stress levels, therefore, you may notice some of the following changes, as your body reverts back to its normal healthy state.
Your heart rate will slow down, your blood pressure will fall and your circulation will improve.
Tension in your muscles will ease and you will sleep better. You’ll also feel fewer nagging aches and pains.
You’ll breathe more easily and will be less susceptible to illnesses such as colds and flu.
Your concentration will improve, and you will have more patience for people around you.