A new Observer piece takes a comprehensive look at how stress affects the human body, and how to combat those effects. The piece begins by detailing a frequently overlooked fact; stress actually performs an essential bodily function. When we feel threatened, our bodies pump a slew of stress hormones into our bloodstreams. It does this to help us deal with life threatening situations, but in today’s “always on” world, stress hormone release can be triggered by incessant work emails, which in turn overloads our bodies with stress hormones. Over time, that hormone overload can lead to the development of illnesses like heart disease, obesity and hypertension.
As the article points out, there is no cure for stress but there are more than a few effective treatments. One method is to eat well and regularly to keep your blood sugar stable. Another is to sleep 8 hours a night so that you have enough energy to meet all of life’s challenges. And one of the best ways you can fight stress is by fitting in as much relaxation time into your schedule as you can. It doesn’t matter if it’s something big like taking a vacation or something small like getting a quick massage after work, blowing off steam essential to healthy living.
Read the full article here: Doctor’s Orders: Take a Personal Day Today to Fight Stress