Dealing with Stress

Dealing with stress

Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand or threat. When you sense danger – whether it is real or imagined – the body’s defence system kicks in known as the “fight-or-flight” reaction or the “stress response.”

Between work, family and other pressures, stress is a common part of modern life. Whilst we will all experience stress from time to time, many people are suffering long-term, chronic stress.

It can affect how you feel, think, behave and how your body works. In fact, common signs of stress include sleeping problems, loss or increase of appetite and difficulty concentrating.

As the body’s stress response system is not designed to be constantly activated, the impact of this on health and wellbeing is significant. Fortunately, there are ways you can help your body when you are feeling stressed:

Eat well

Eat well

Keep blood sugar balanced by avoiding sugary foods and large quantities of starchy carbohydrates. B vitamins found in leafy green vegetables, nuts, seeds, fish and eggs are also important.

Practice gratitude

Practice gratitude

Try keeping a gratitude journal – make a note of three positives each day. This can increase your happiness within seven days!

Exercise

Exercise

Being active helps manage stress, increases energy levels, and can make us more alert and help us sleep better.

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