Let’s Stress Less Onslow
In our everyday life it can feel increasingly difficult to keep up with everything. In fact, most of us feel “stressed out” at some point in our lives, and stress can lead to many health-related problems.
To help manage stress try adding exercise, relaxation and hobbies into your day. It also helps to eat healthier and make sure that you get enough rest and sleep.
Make your mental health a priority. If you need additional help reach out to your doctor. If you don’t have a doctor, contact Onslow Memorial Hospital’s primary care providers to make an appointment.
Too much stress can be harmful to your health.
In this fast-paced world, taking time to relax is as important as ever. Managing your emotional and mental health can improve your overall health.
Learn to Manage Your Stress. Your mind deserves better than to be loaded down with the never-ending job of worrying! Some stress can be beneficial and may lead to actual problem-solving, but a lot of our stress is unnecessary and even harmful. Read more.
What Is Stress?
Stress is a normal part of day-to-day life. You experience stress as a response to changes in your environment, your health or even your feelings. Tension can be job-related or family health problems, but anxiety can be caused by positive changes as well such as a marriage, the birth of a baby, or a new home. When you feel anxious your body naturally reacts with physical, mental and emotional responses.
Common symptoms of stress include tension, anger, irritability, difficulty making decisions, loss of interest in normal activities, and loss of appetite. Additional symptoms that can be seen with stress are sleep problems, sadness, depression, and even body aches.
How Stress Can Affect Your Health
Ongoing stress can affect your health by causing or worsening many health problems, including: including heart disease, high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, heart attacks, and stroke.
Here are some healthy ways to cope with stress from the CDC.gov.
Relaxation Techniques from nccih.nih.gov
What do we know about the effectiveness of relaxation techniques? Relaxation techniques may be helpful in managing a variety of health conditions, including anxiety associated with illnesses or medical procedures, insomnia, labor pain, chemotherapy-induced nausea, and temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Psychological therapies, which may include relaxation techniques, can help manage chronic headaches and other types of chronic pain in children and adolescents. Relaxation techniques have also been studied for other conditions, but either they haven’t been shown to be useful, research results have been inconsistent, or the evidence is limited. Learn more
Physical Activity Can Help Manage Stress AHA.org
Engage in daily physical activity. Regular physical activity can relieve mental and physical tension. Physically active adults have lower risk of depression and loss of mental functioning. Physical activity can be a great source of pleasure, too. Try walking, swimming, biking or dancing every day.
Get at least 30 minutes of cardio exercise four to five times a week. Physical wellbeing improves your overall health and it is also a defense against stress.
Learn to Relax
There are many ways to relax such as deep breathing or muscle relaxation. While you may not always have the time to devote to these things daily. It is important to make relaxation a priority.
Body, mind and spirit are linked together for optimum health. If one of these is out of balance, it is likely that your health will be affected. Yoga is a practice that addresses each of these components in order to maintain good health.
"Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together." --Thomas Dekker Are you having difficulty falling asleep and or staying asleep? Insomnia is a common problem that takes a toll on your energy, mood, health, and ability to function during the day. Chronic insomnia can even contribute to serious health problems. Stress often leads to sleep deprivation and lack of sleep can cause stress, a vicious cycle that can frustrate and exacerbate the problem. Simple changes to your lifestyle and daily habits can put a stop to sleepless nights.
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