Are you feeling stressed out? If so, you aren’t alone – according to a recent Gallup News Poll, 79% of Americans feel stressed out sometimes or frequently during their day – and 44% frequently feel stressed! We all experience stress, and some stress is actually good for us, helping us react to situations in a positive way. But unhealthy stress – where stress is a constant reaction to daily life – is not healthy… it can result in serious, long-term consequences. Because it weakens your immune system, stress can make you more vulnerable to colds and can cause wounds to heal more slowly. Research has found that stress-related diseases include depression, hypertension, atherosclerosis, ulcers, colitis and reproductive dysfunction. It is utmost important to manage stress to have a healthy life.
Chronic stress can also affect your quality of life – think about when you are stressed out, do you tend to only focus on what is causing the stress, and take less time to enjoy the good things happening? Do you tend to snap at people instead of listening and reacting in a calm fashion? Over time these reactions can snowball, to where you just aren’t enjoying life. The good news is simple changes can make a BIG difference! My Stop The Clock Workout Guide has a section devoted to women’s health, and stress is one of the topics I cover… And two of the most important ways I like to address unhealthy stress is through exercise and breathing!
My Stop The Clock Workout Guide covers a variety of breathing exercises – some to help manage stress, some to give you renewed energy – so you can help to promote overall wellbeing.
Remember – you DON’T have to live with chronic stress! Start with the two suggestions above, and then check in with your doctor for other options if you are not feeling a shift in your mood. It may take a little time, but managing your stress is doable!
Let’s get fitter, together – inside and out,