Many are the consequences of stress, and the causes are also multiple. Hard job, a busy schedule or financial problems are just some of the causes of stress that we can endure on a daily basis. And if this feeling seems to us rather banal, it is nevertheless dangerous for health.
There are two types of stress: acute and chronic. The first is that of which we feel the immediate effects, when our body is in a combat situation to counter a threat: accelerated heart rate, more jerky breathing, abundant perspiration, nausea, muscle stiffness. The level of stress will then depend on its intensity, but it will disappear once the danger is removed, allowing the body to return to normal.
The second type of stress is when these anxiogenic situations settle in our daily life and become chronic, our body lives continuously on a mode of defense. The consequences of this type of stress can be disastrous.
And the reason is simple: when our nervous system feels in danger, our brain is stimulated. It then produces adrenaline, while at the same time soliciting our adrenal glands. To manage stress, the latter will also produce adrenaline, as well as a hormone called cortisol, harmful to many of our organs.
Stress is difficult to eliminate on a daily basis, But you can learn to control it. We already know that regular sleep, a balanced diet and the practice of a sporting activity are the basis of a healthy life.
1. Do an impromptu session of yoga or meditation
Isolate yourself for about fifteen minutes, and breathe. Concentrate on your breathing movements, without trying to modify them, and listen to your body sensations and emotions. The goal? To refocus on what is most important: You.
2. Relax your muscles
From head to foot, one at a time. Beginning with the toes, each muscle is contracted as much as possible before releasing it, ascending gradually to those of the face.
3. Take a walk
No need to walk miles! Ten minutes is enough to empty our heads and divert our minds from the little irritants.
4. Listening to music
It’s proven, music softens the mood … and the consequences of stress. Classic music even lowers your blood pressure and heart rate. But the main thing is of course to listen to your favorite songs, since they will activate the hormones responsible for well-being.
Our imagination can also help us relax in the face of stress. Make yourself comfortable and visualize a scenario that makes you feel good: a place filled with happy memories, a loved one, our next holidays, etc.
What are your ways to cope with the consequences of stress, and calm yourself down on a daily basis?