How To Manage Stress And What Stress Is Doing To Your Body

Manage stress because many experts and myself as a health copywriter believe it is destructive to your body. Pressure is often one of those things we tend to brush off. Short-term stress can motivate some of us to produce our best work.  Stress is not healthy.

What Stress May Cause

Stress may contribute to many health conditions including;

Neurological anxiety, poor concentration, excessive worry, insomnia, depression and exhaustion.

Immunity, inflammation, increased risk of infection, predisposition to allergies, eczema, frequent colds, and flu.

Metabolic; insulin resistance, and obesity.

Musculoskeletal; muscular tension, and tension headaches.

Reproductive; loss of sex drive or increased sex drive, and irregular periods.

Digestion; digestive cramping, IBS, food intolerances, hypochlorhydria, and bloating.

Cardiovascular - palpitations and high blood pressure.

Flicking The Stress Switch Off

Create a relaxing environment in your home and office.  I find plants create this atmosphere well.

Nourishing your mind body and soul in whatever ways work best for you.  Experiment and find tools to fill your 'stress relief' kit box.  Try some of these tips on how to nourish your body with whole foods.

Reduce pro-inflammatory foods.

Increase healthy fats in your diet.

Quit stimulants and reduce alcohol.

Exercise daily.  In an article - Expert’s Roundup – How To Maintain Health & Reduce Daily Stress, published in Consumer Health Digest I mentioned that I particularly love walking and jogging.

Improve the quality and quantity of sleep.

Practice meditation, yoga, guided visualisation and breathing techniques.

Maybe set boundaries in relationships, families, and work.  Learn to say no to anything that drains your energy.  Surround yourself with people who energise you.  Stay away from negative people who seem to consume your power.

Get support from friends, family, and colleagues.  Talking and sharing your problem works wonders.

I love downward facing dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana).  This famous yoga pose seems to help relax my mind and body.  The downward facing dog may have other benefits including:

  • Calming the brain

  • Relieve stress and mild depression

  • Energize the body

  • Stretches the shoulders, hamstrings, calves, arches, and hands

  • Relieve the symptoms of menopause

  • Prevent Osteoporosis

  • Improves digestion

  • Relieves insomnia, back pain, and fatigue

  • Therapeutic for high blood pressure, asthma, flat feet, sciatica, sinusitis

Adaptogen Herbs For Managing Stress

Adaptogens may help to harmonise the body, energise cells and increase the body’s resistance to stress and antioxidants increase the potency at a cellular level and help protect against oxidative stress.  Among my top adaptogenic herbs to help manage stress include; Ashwagandha (Indian Ginseng), Astragalus, Rhodiola, Licorice Root and Panax Ginseng.  In a study, Panax Ginseng has been shown to improve aspects of working memory performance and subjective rations of calmness in healthy young adults.

Workplace stress can be challenging to manage. I find an Ajanamat wonderful to sit on at work and to lie on before I drift off to sleep.