Sometimes we don’t notice how much stress is affecting us, even as i tbegins to take a toll on our well-being.
Stress is a normal physical response to events in your life. When you sense danger the body’s defenses kick into the “fight-or-flight” reaction, known as the 'stress response'.
If you are constantly feeling stress the fight-or-flight response does not have time to slow your stress levels down. This can become harmful to your health and quality of life.
The World Health Organization defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” For total health, along with good nutrition, regular exercise, and routine physical exams, we need to tend to our mental and emotional well being to reduce the stress in our daily lives. Although we may not be able to control stressors in our lives or in the environment, we CAN develop skills to help us to deal with stress.
Here are some examples of activities that help us to relax and maintain focus.:
Regular Exercise- Physical Activity
Yoga and Stretching
Guided Imagery and Mindful Meditation
A balance of rest and physical activity and good nutrition help to reduce stress and stress related illness.