The Science of Stress
Experiencing stress is a normal and generally inevitable part of life. Though it may often be thought of as being negative, in small amounts stress is actually beneficial and necessary for survival. Small amounts of stress will motivate and drive you towards personal growth. On the other hand however, too much stress can start to take over your life. The good news is that stress is manageable and there are many healthy options to help alleviate it.
What is Stress?
Let's start with the golden question, “What is stress?”. Stress is defined by psychologists as the body’s natural reaction to any change that requires physical, mental or emotional adjustment. To put it in simpler terms it is your body's natural response to any perceived challenges or danger. When you experience stress you are activating your “fight or flight” response. Your body starts to release stress chemicals such as cortisol and adrenaline. These chemicals affect your body by speeding up both your breathing and heart rate to provide the energy you need to deal with the problem at hand. This natural reaction is vital to a human's survival. All people experience stress in their own way. An event that moves your body out of balance and requires the reaction of stress can affect someone else completely differently.
Stress can be distinguished between challenge stressors and hindrance stressors. Hindrance stressors are caused when an event detracts us from our goals or personal growth. Typically, this is caused by interpersonal or workplace conflict. Challenge stressors are demands or events that promote personal growth and cause stress. This typically comes from increased responsibility or high pressure at work.
Eat Energizing Foods
Did you know that your diet can actually have a huge impact on your stress levels? Altering your diet to help with stress can be done in many ways. First, avoid greasy food and big heavy meals in the middle of the day. These diets end up diverting blood from your brain making you feel sluggish and tired, and making your stress much harder to deal with. Instead, try eating foods rich in omega oils such as fish, nuts, and seeds. We have solutions on hand to help you increase the amount of omega-3s you’re ingesting. Our black walnut blend dietary supplement is packed full of omega-3 fatty acids. Foods that are rich in omega oils boost your dopamine levels and help with brain function.
Being able to manage stress is a crucial part of maintaining optimal wellness. The first step to overcoming stress is by understanding it and then you can start to combat it by taking any of these steps in your daily life. Through implementing these habits you can overcome overwhelming or chronic stress and live a happier and healthier life.
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