The real problems with stress arise when you don’t do anything at all. Some people are not aware they are at risk for serious problems such as heart attack and stroke.
Stress is so common and strikes so slowly that few people are aware of any danger till it’s too late. A little statistic might make this a little clearer; webmd.com estimates that 75% to 95% of all doctors’ visits are stress related!
In other words, if you have symptoms of stress, heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, sleep problems, headaches, faster aging, strokes, depression, ulcers, asthma, weaker immune system (reducing your natural ability to fight off infection), panic attacks, loss of memory or even obesity… stress can be a significant factor.
Stress occurs when you perceive a demand on you to be greater than your resources. This can happen studying, working, dealing with events, holidays, running your own business and so on. The symptoms include an elevated blood pressure, release of hormones, and increase of tension in your muscles, rapid breathing, and sweating.
Some stress can actually be good for you, as it can motivate you. But all the physical symptoms of stress can make your body weaker, breaking down its immune system. So stress for a longer period of time than a few days can be very dangerous. Everything we think… affects us physically! Never forget this.
Think of it this way: if you bought a car and then drove it around recklessly, not taking proper care of it, the car will break down. You are putting way too much exertion on the engine to keep it running for very long.
Your body is the same way with stress. You have to consciously take control of and manage stress, or your body will begin to run like a broken down car.
Unfortunately the fast paced living we are used to is designed to put your body into a state of stress from the very moment you wake up! It begins with the sharp sound of an alarm bell, followed by the stress of the morning commute, add coffee and sugar filled snacks and your body is beginning to get hit hard…and all of this before the work day has even begun!
“Stress is harmful to the body as well as the mind.”
– Time Magazine
The topic of stress relief has been the object of controversy in recent decades due to the various ways to administer it. There are different ways for different cultures. The Hindus have yoga, the Japanese have Zen. Both of these methods are excellent in relieving stress. There are many types of yoga and this practice includes stretching of the muscles and various positions to relax each body part. Meditation and concentration for each movement will eventually (with continued effort), give you a youthful glow and allow you to keep stress levels at a minimum. Zen, on the other hand, is a style focusing on more of the meditation. Zen is a more philosophical approach to stress relief and works if practiced on a regular schedule.
Other ways to relieve stress include deep breathing exercises, light physical exercise, reading, getting out into nature, the calming effects of light music; each individual has their own method. Some may prefer bingo or bowling while another may choose baking or watching a movie. Whatever the choice, there are certain consequences. For instance, if you choose to smoke to relieve your stress it may not be the best solution and could result in a health risk. I believe the most healthy and effective way to release stress is through Hypnotherapy.