Female office worker is tired of work and exhausted. She has burned down and has depression.
Recent evidence suggests chronic emotions and stress can predispose people to heart diseases.
Stress can be caused by several reasons – physical, emotional change or a change in the normal environment that requires adjustment. How we react to stress can lead to a variety of health problems or help sustain. Research considers social stress as a major factor for heart diseases. A little bit of stress is nature’s way of kicking a person into high gear-rushing a person to get to an appointment on time or pushing to act fast in an emergency, but an unhealthy diet and too little exercise may raise blood pressure and thereby stress.
During stress, body releases different hormones like cortisol, noradrenaline and adrenaline. As they race through the blood stream, the heart beats faster, blood pressure rises and the body pumps sugar and fats into the blood stream in case a person needs extra energy. Smoking, high blood pressure and diabetes are known risk factors of pressure. Stress hormones push the body to deposit excess fat deep in the abdomen and is most dangerous to the heart. Cortisol, that manages stress in the body, makes the person overeat, especially refined comfort foods, that trigger feel-good, tension-lowering hormones for the moment but in the long run causes the body more stress.
Chronic stress for a longer duration raises blood pressure. It also raises ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol and is linked to artery damage. Researchers also found that people under stress smoke more,eat fewer fruits and vegetables and exercise less.
Stress Relievers: –
1. Laughter: – Regular laughter reduces blood pressure and boosts immune system. When a person laughs, breathing rate rises, helping to transfer oxygen around the body; about400 muscles are activated in the process, including abdominal and internal muscles that aren’t involved in most exercises.
2. Avoid multi-tasking: – Multitasking makes a person frazzled and unsatisfied. When a person divides his attention three ways, nothing gets full focus and it makes a person crazy. Focus and finish each task at hand before moving to the next one. With full attention, each job will take less time and a feeling of accomplishment is there.
3. Proper sleep: – A person is not able to cope up with stressful situation during fatigue.With complete rest and proper sleep, a person can deal with the vagaries of everyday events.
4. Good Music: – Soothing music can bring down raging blood pressure during high-stress
times.
5. Take a break from news: – Boycott all news one day a week. Don’t take your body through the excessive daily stress brought on by poring over the crimes and catastrophes from every corner of the world.
6. Yoga poses: – There are certain yoga poses which are good for increasing circulation around the heart and to promote relaxation like cobra pose, spinal twist, child pose,corpse pose. Holding each pose for at least 30 seconds helps fight stress.
7. Exercise: – Exercise lowers the levels of stress hormones and boost up the levels of feel –good brain chemicals. It also gives a break from negative thinking. Thirty minutes of daily activity is very important.
Maintaining a positive attitude, a healthy weight and making time every
day – even on the busiest days, to stop, take some deep breaths, committing to laughing
and taking a healthy diet helps deal with stress.