Helpful tips on how to deal with your daily stress
by Elana Garay
SPORTS AND HEALTH EDITOR
Stress isn’t a likeable thing. Stress can be triggered from places such as work or school. There are both good and bad types of stress.
“Not all stress is bad. All animals have a stress response, which can be life-saving in some situations. The nerve chemicals and hormones released during such stressful times, prepares the animal to face a threat or flee to safety. When you face a dangerous situation, your pulse quickens, you breathe faster, your muscles tense, your brain uses more oxygen and increases activity—all functions aimed at survival. In the short term, it can even boost the immune system”, states from the website of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).
Stress also can cause serious affect. “However, with chronic stress, those same nerve chemicals that are life-saving in short bursts can suppress functions that aren’t needed for immediate survival. Your immunity is lowered and your digestive, excretory, and reproductive systems stop working normally. Once the threat has passed, other body systems act to restore normal functioning. Problems occur if the stress response goes on too long, such as when the source of stress is constant, or if the response continues after the danger has subsided”, continues from NIMH.
Some ways to lower stress would be to get more sleep, do the things you enjoy, and balance time.
Relaxing is also important, “Step outside. Soak in the outdoors to help clear your mind. Nature can act as a diversion and give you a break from a hectic schedule. Accentuate the positive. It’s fine to acknowledge doubts, but always keep an image of success in your head. This focus can help bring out your best when needed most”, states University Health Services (UHS). Eating enough food during the day is also helpful.