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Take Control of Your Life: Manage Your Stress Levels

Nothing is more harmful for your body than chronic stress. It takes a massive toll on your body and makes your blood pressure soar through the roof, makes room for heart related diseases and anxiety too! It also makes your digestive problems even worse and slows down the healing of your wound. But on the other side if you were to manage your stress it will actually help you control many of the chronic conditions and also reduce the risk of developing them. Taking good care of your body includes a good 8 hours of sleep every day, having a healthy and a nutritious diet along with regular exercise.

Take a Breather: Relaxation Response

The relaxation response of a body gets activated to the opposite of the stress levels of the body. It helps in lowering of the blood pressure, breathing rate, heart rate and also your stress hormone levels.
In order to activate the relaxation response all you have to do is sit quietly in a place with your eyes closed. Breathing in deeply and relaxing your muscles by constantly repeating a single word such as “peace” or chanting “om” will help you trigger the relaxation response in your body.  Practising this approach for at least 10-20 minutes a day can help you feel better and bring about a great number of psychological changes. The more times you trigger the relaxation response in your body you will feel better. 

Benefits Of Relaxation Response

Several studies in the past few years have actually shown that the relaxation response helps in bringing about a change in the genes which bring about a positive influence on an individual’s health. There are several different benefits of the relaxation response which are:

1.     Blood Pressure: The relaxation response actually restrict the genes which are associated with the decrease in the genes that narrow down the blood vessels and in turn activates the ones that are associated with the dilating of the blood vessels. Relaxation response helps in the production of nitric oxide which helps in the increase of elasticity of blood vessels thereby relaxing them.

2.     Blood Sugar: This method also helps in the improvement of the insulin activity by the activation of the genes that helps control the blood sugar levels in our body.

3.     Digestion: It reduces the activity of the genes that is directly linked to inflammatory bowel diseases including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease). If you suffer from chronic stress it will in turn stimulate your digestive tract making you feel nauseated or even cause diarrhoea.

4.     Inflammation: It turns off the genes that actually trigger inflammation in your body. While inflammation is needed for our body in order to fight diseases and heal our body, when we suffer from chronic stress our body stays in a constant state of inflammation. This results in the building up of plaque in the coronary arteries hence making you prone to chest pains, strokes, heart attacks and an unregulated cell growth finally resulting in cancer.

Adopting a Healthier Lifestyle

It is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle to keep your stress at bay. Eating a healthy diet along with regular exercise will make you feel better. It is also recommended to reduce the intake of sugar and caffeine and also avoid any sort of drugs, alcohol or nicotine. All these are stimulants that add to your chronic stress levels making you feel even worse.

Avoiding people who stress you out is one way out and try to incorporate a regular amount of physical activity in order to reduce your stress levels and improve your health. Regular exercising can help in the regulation of hormones and reduce the negative effects stress can have on your body.

It is always a great idea if you can think positively and look for the better part in any sort of situation. Take the difficulties and challenges that come into your life as an opportunity to grow and make yourself better. Most of us tend to live in sadness thinking about what has happened earlier or we tend to live in anxiety of what will happen in future. The best way to deal with that is to not stress about the things that are out of our control.
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