Some people thrive on stress, while others try to avoid it. But, there is no denying that stress is everywhere, in every aspect of our lives.
We are used to being stressed about pretty much everything and anything. As humans, we are always in a wild rush, always on edge. We live in a constant state of anxiety. We are actually aware that it is there, but most times just don’t know how to quite deal with it. So, we struggle along the way…..overeating, drinking too much, taking pills or drugs to cope or abusing our bodies or selves in other forms.
Despite doctors warning us of our high blood pressure, potential ulcers, heart issues and other potential health risks due to overexposure of stress, we seem to just keep going. Even change to our current lifestyle can be overwhelming and stressful.
For most, stress is a love-hate relationship. It seems that it has been our lives so long that we get used to it and almost feel lost without it. To many, stress brings out the best in us. We love feeling the adrenaline and living on the edge. Stress causes us to perform optimally for various tasks as it produces hormones that boost our performance.
This comes down to the definition of a Stress-aholic! This is when we crave the “buzz” so much that we spend a great deal of effort actually creating it in our lives. The more we are over stimulated, the more we covet it. For, studies indicate that when humans are exposed to pressure, their bodies release painkilling opiates and in long-term stress, our brains may become addicted to them.
Of course, on the other side of this, professionals worry about the effects of stress on our productivity, the decline of family life, divorce rates, spousal abuse and burn-out. Stress is linked to a host of conditions, from migraine and insomnia to heart attacks and hypertension.
Stress is often measured by the imbalance between the effort you put into a job and the rewards you take from it. The idea of reducing stress, with it’s sharp edges of everyday existence, has led people to try a range of remedies. Among them are yoga, tai chi, mediation, deep breathing and other relaxing modalities such as massage and walking. Adding a pet your life has also proven to create positivity, stability and calmness.
Whichever mode you seek, reducing life stress is definitely beneficial to your health and longevity. Seek that life balance. Learn to stop and smell the roses. Enjoy a life balance that allows you fun, productivity and stability.
Wishing you all the luck in finding that happy balance. I will be here regularly to cheer you on in this well-deserved life achievement.
Less the Stress brought to you by Christy Kim a Reflexologist and Massage Therapist. Having worked in the health field since 1999, Christy has greatly enjoyed helping several clients, family and friends with her many health treatments.