Thursday, 7 January 2016

What Is Stress? - A Healthy Heart - Part 3

The Effects Of Stress

Stress has got a real effect on your body. It is the way in which you cope with stress that poses a health risk; especially your heart. Thing such as smoking, not having time to exercise or eating unhealthily.
Learning to relax will help you enjoy life more and will be better for your health in the long run.

Managing stress
There are many things you can practise to alleviate stress.

Stress busting tips
·         List all the things that trigger your stress. Things like: being stuck in traffic jams or work colleagues. Knowing the triggers will be a big step forward. Try to relax in these situations.
·         Be physically active. Gentle cycling, brisk walking or swimming not only will reduce the tension caused by  stress, but you will sleep better!
·         Make time to socialise.
·         Take time to unwind – even if only for 10 minutes
·         Try Yoga.
·         Do simple breathing and stretching exercises in the car or behind your desk.
·         Prioritise your work and do not do more than one thing at a time. Plan ahead and do not leave things for the last minute.
·         Learn to say NO to more work or demands placed on you.
·         Take time to eat and drink healthily.

What is stress?
Stress is not just about anxiety and panic, but everyday experiences of strain, time pressure and attempts to cope with demands placed upon us at work and at home.

Some stress is good: It gets you up in the morning and keeps you going at work and during sporting activities.

How to tell if I am stressed?
·         Do you feel guilty when relaxing?
·         Do you lie awake, worrying about tomorrow?
·         Are you tense?
·         Are you impatient and irritable?
·         Do you have a lot on your mind and find it hard to concentrate?
·         Do you frequently feel like you just don’t know where to start?
·         Are you smoking or drinking more?
·         Do you eat in a hurry?
·         Does life seem full of crises?
·         Do you find it difficult to make decisions?
·         Do you frequently experience a butterfly stomach, a dry mouth, sweaty palms or a thumping heart?
If you have answered yes to some of these questions, your stress levels might be a bit high.

Please let me know if this information on a healthy heart is helpful and whether you like it or not. This will help me decide on the topics better.

Next: I will talk about the importance of a healthy weight.

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