An undeniable part of modern life is some stress as a side effect. We look at defining more what stress is and offer some simple ways to help alleviate it, a major way to improve happiness and health!
What is stress?
Stress is defined not simply as being in a rage, beetroot in the face wanting to rip someone’s head off. It tends to be more subtle than that. And it is not necessarily a bad thing, without it we would be bored and lethargic, not even able to get out of bed in the morning.
For many it tends to shift the other way. Anything in abundance can be bad and stress can mount up reducing our quality of life or even causing a range of health issues further down the line.
Stress in different disguises
The classic story is someone burned out from work, taking a holiday to chill out. There is excitement about the holiday (a form of stress) a rush to the airport. What’s the first thing they do? Drink alcohol in the heat, lie on the lounger reading an exciting thriller or go and do some thrill seeking watersports. Tricky..
The body knows no difference between different forms of stress, it essentially all comes out of the same account. Day to day family life, work, having no time, driving, multitasking and even exercise are a stress on the body. Even if you enjoy hustle and bustle, the body knows no different. It’s time to make some deposits!..
Take a nap
Definitely a fan. Take a nap – 20-30 minutes ‘beepies’ will recharge your batteries and make you feel much better. It’s like having two days in one!