Roads Less Traveled
In today’s fast paced environment, stress is a part of everybody’s life. It’s hard to avoid; the economy is giving us a run for our money (literally) and the news seems to be filled with all kinds of negative scenarios that make it hard to have a relaxing evening. And to make matters worse, stress is a contributing factor to many health problems including cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, insomnia and obesity.
Some causes of stress are obvious ~ job pressures, relationship problems or financial difficulties, daily hassles and demands, such as commuting, arranging day car, being overcommitted at work, or even being inside during the long winter can also contribute to your stress level. Positive events can also be stressful. Getting married, starting a new job and buying a new house in the same year, could have a high stress level.
Some of the Damaging Effects of Stress
* Work-related stress can double one’s risk of dying from heart disease.
* People with high levels of anxiety can have between two to seven times the risk of heart disease.
* Two-thirds of all office visits to family physicians are due to stress-related symptoms
* 43 percent of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress
* High levels of hostility have been found to predict heart disease more often than high cholesterol, cigarette smoking, or obesity
It is very important that stress be controlled so you can live a better, healthier, more relaxed life.
Along with healthy habits and healthy diet, make sure you are getting the vital nutrients, minerals and vitamins your body needs every day. (Most of them are cooked out of the foods we eat).
So, how are we supposed to relieve stress?
There are many alternatives that are non addictive and effective.
Don’t stay secluded inside your house. Go out with your spouse, your children, or your grandchildren.
You may not have much control over the events that cause you stress, but, you have a lot of control over your reactions to them, including how much, and what you choose to eat.
Laughter provides a physical and emotional release. It is one of many all-time favorite stress management strategies because it’s free, convenient, and beneficial in so many ways.
Seeking out situations that will bring out the laughter in you can help you relieve stress in a really fun way. Go ahead! Be goofy! Consider the benefits to your health and wellbeing, and maintain a sense of humor about what stresses you.
Take a minute and reflect on how you plan to spend time that is reserved just for you. Leave all the stresses behind…relax.
“You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You” (Isaiah 26:3)
The material provided here is for educational purposes only and is not intended as diagnosis, treatment, or prescription for any disease. Anyone suffering from any disease, illness or injury should consult with a physician.