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Health Hazards of Stress

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What are the health hazards of stress? Learn how to copy with life stressors. What are the physical, mental and emotional effect of stress?

How To Cope with Life’s Stressors

Before we get to health and wellness, we need to find ways to overcome the effects of stressors in life.

Whether your job is super stressful, you’re overwhelmed with new projects like coming up with summer plans, or you’re coping with the illness of a loved one, stress can take on many forms.

The Physical, Mental and Emotional Effects of Stress

Stress has been associated with a large variety of negative outcomes, from anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure, a weakened immune system, depression, heart disease, and obesity.

Stress can lead to emotional eating, poor food choices, upset stomach, and overeating.

There are a lot of reasons to try to keep stress low, but how can we manage stress when our busy lives are constantly throwing new problems our way?

The Psychology of Stress

From a psychological standpoint, stress occurs when our perceived demands exceed what we think we’re capable of handling.

So the good news is that you can help moderate your stress response by believing in your ability to handle the pressures of life.  And while this is easier said than done, you can also practice some self-care techniques to help cope with stress.

Focus on Better Health to Decrease Stress

Prioritizing your health will keep you stronger, more focused, and healthier so you can attack that big work project, a daunting deadline, and/or the chaos of daily life.

9 Tips for Managing Stress          

bicycle flower basketHere are some tips to get you started on how to manage your stress:

  1. Plan ahead for especially busy times – try meal planning, get laundry and other chores done ahead of time
  2. Get to bed on time – remove distractions so that you get the restful sleep you need.
  3. Add some movement to your day – exercise is a great way to work off those stressful feelings, release feel-good hormones, and help you sleep better.
  4. Try meditation – spend a few minutes each evening
  5. Grogginess and fatigue can all be symptoms of dehydration, so keep a meditating to help calm your mind and transition from the stressors of the day to relaxing at night.
  6. Stay hydrated – have a bottle with you to remind you to drink frequently.
  7. Watch your alcohol intake – it can be tempting to have an alcoholic drink to unwind at the end of a long day, but remember to keep your portions in check, and women are recommended only 1 drink a day, and men are recommended to have up to two drinks a day.
  8. Get outside – as the weather gets nicer, be sure to get outside and see the sun.

What are your favorite ways to relax? 

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Stay tuned for more tips and tricks this month on how to focus on your health and wellness to get more energy!

 

Time to free yourself from emotional eating?

Begin by registering for the Emotional Eating, a Free Discovery Webinar with Kay Loughrey on Wednesday, May 17 at 6:30 pm (45 minutes).

Click here -> to register for this free Webinar! Questions: Call (301) 869-1787 (Option 1).  http://www.sweetlifewellness.com/events/

Blog Author:Lauren Seat - Sweet Life Wellness Intern
Lauren Seat
Sweet Life Wellness Student Intern
Dietetics student at University of Maryland-College Park

References:

  1. American Psychological Association Five tips to help manage stress. In: http://www.apa.org. http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/manage-stress.aspx.   Accessed 25 Apr 2017
  2. Doheny K (2017) A Stressed Life May Mean a Wider Waistline. In: Consumer HealthDay. https://consumer.healthday.com/vitamins-and-nutrition-information-27/obesity-health-news-505/a-stressed-life-may-mean-a-wider-waistline-719883.html. Accessed 26 Apr 2017
  3. Iversen, Louise Bagger, et al. “Psychosocial Risk Factors, Weight Changes and Risk of Obesity: the Copenhagen City Heart Study.” European Journal of Epidemiology, vol. 27, no. 2, 2012, pp. 119–130., www.jstor.org/stable/41417545.
  4. National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) (2014) Stress…At Work. In: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/docs/99-101/default.html