Stress is a necessary part of life. Stress helps us learn, become stronger, hunt, or run away from being prey. When stress is present, the hypothalamus kicks in and tells the body to release cortisol,(the stress hormone), adrenaline, and can effect blood pressure, and even decision making.
Chronic stress however, can be detrimental to our health, and can cause a multitude of issues, including cardiovascular problems, respiratory problems, insomnia, anxiety, and even addiction issues.
Everything has a breaking point. Humans are no different. When we are stressed we crave instant gratification. We are more apt to go to a fast food joint rather than go home and cook a 90 minute meal after a 12 hour day at work. People are more likely to relapse into old habits and or addictions if chronic stress persists. It’s hard for many Americans to talk about stress, as many of us consider stress as a weakness. With this in mind, here’s one thing you can do to possibly help curb your stress for a momentary sigh of relief.
ONE WAY TO REDUCE STRESS
One way to reduce stress is to meditate. Being, “in the moment” is something that we hear a lot when discussing meditation. We often see an image of someone sitting legs folded, humming in a low voice, “ommmmmmmmm”, however meditation can be so much more. One doesn’t have to sit with their legs crossed, or hum. Yoga, exercise, dancing, or even martial arts can be considered a form of meditation.
Massage Therapy can also be used as a form of stress reducing ‘meditation’, as massage has been found to reduce cortisol levels, while raising serotonin and dopamine levels.
What can I do now?
Call Physical Therapy Connections today 719-565-6678 to find out how we can help reduce the negative side effects of chronic stress. If you suffer from muscular pain, insomnia, difficulties concentrating, and or anxiety we can help. or visit us at www.pt-connections.com and let us help you today.