Stress helps us to cope with challenging situations in the short term. The body, when stressed is prepared to fight, flight or freeze and is on high alert.  However, if the body is constantly stressed, this is where stress can have a major impact on the body.  So, blood pressure, heart rate and breathing will increase, putting pressure on the heart and other internal organs. Moods can change and irritability and depression can occur.  Eating habits can change, causing weight loss or gain (obesity and diabetes), possibly leading to anxiety.  This will also cause poor digestion, headaches and even alcohol and drug abuse.

Exercise is encouraged for those in the military and emergency services, who can face extremely dangerous and pressured situations. As research, has highlighted prolonged stress has proven to have a negative effect on the body and exercise helps to manage stress in the body and reduce health conditions.  Exercise is something we should all consider and try and do, when stressed.

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Regular exercise can help reduce stress and improve overall health and fitness. It can also decrease chronic medical conditions, such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure.  Also, aid digestion, a good night sleeps and regulate breathing.

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Exercise ideals, solo or you could encourage a friend to join you: –

  • Walking
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Pilates
  • Yoga
  • Running

Stress reducing points to consider

  • Learn how to relax, meditation, warm bath or reading can help.
  • Laugh and have fun
  • Simplify your life
  • Treat yourself to a relaxing massage
  • Make time for activities you enjoy, or try something new
  • Have regular breaks from computers and mobile electrical devices
  • Recognise when you are stressed and manage your stress
  • Remove portable electric devices from the bedroom, especially if the WIFI is on, for a good night’s sleep.
  • Consult your doctor or other health care professional, if you are concerned about your level of stress.

Everyone is different in what activity helps them to unwind from a stressful day or situation. However, the key thing is to find something that helps you personally to manage stress, otherwise stress, may manage you!

Hypnotherapist Paul Barratt explores this further and asks What do you do to Relax?

Read more about the role of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in the management of stress by Nicola Rycroft

Yoga Instructor Julie Burrows gives her Top 10 Reasons for trying Yoga here, many of which are related to stress.