On the positive side we know that stress is our body’s way to protect us in dangerous situations, designed to deal effectively with short term events. Stress releases hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol allowing us to focus better, react faster and work harder than we normally would be able to. These hormones enable us to react almost without thinking, known as the “fight or flight” response.
But long periods of stress may cause damage to our mental and physical state, and may lead to a dangerous level called chronic stress.
Here is a quick overview. The fuel our muscles need during “fight or flight” is sugar, that is one reason we crave carbohydrates when we are stressed. To move the sugar from our blood to our muscles requires insulin, and high levels of sugar and insulin make our bodies store fat which leads to weight gain. Regular exercise is one way to control these negative responses, not only to burn calories but to counterbalance the effect of stress hormones but handling stress on a long term basis is much more .
Stress not only affects weight gain but just about all aspects of our life, work, productivity, home, money, energy and of course diet. It is critical to your physical, mental and emotional health. It’s vital to your overall well-being.
Stress is a constant in all our lives. The pressure to meet our work deadlines, deliver a speech, at home, at work, online, at college, and even with friends or family. Stress can be found everywhere, and often hits us at times when we least expect it.
Stress plays a massive role in twenty-first century life, and is one of the primary reasons why people take long periods of time off work. But while we cannot avoid life’s pressures, we can influence the extent of which these pressures affect us and also how we react to them.
Dealing with stress is a skill like any other. Even world famous sports stars rely on stress management strategies when their stakes are high. From cultivating a no-limits mindset to unleashing your very best, you can stress-proof your life in a practical way, at work, in study or even at home.
Here are courses that can do just that depending on where stress is most evident in your life.
Stress Management: 40+ easy ways to deal with stress
We will go over the 4 different types of dealing with stress. I call them ‘relief strategies’ For each of them I will give 10 concrete examples of what we can do to activate the benefits of that strategy. So 10 examples for 4 strategies: that’s 40 ways to deal with stress.