How you cope with stress has a profound impact on your overall health. Long periods of chronic stress can actually damage the body beyond repair. Whenever we’re angry, anxious or frustrated, our body pays a high price, and the symptoms are pretty easy to miss. Of course, emotions are a natural thing we often can’t control.
They are not always dangerous, but if negative emotions are felt on a regular basis, they might put your health in grave danger.
Emotional stress triggers more than one reaction in the body involving the parasympathetic nervous system that allows us to survive in dangerous situations. When facing danger, this center shuts down the digestive system first in order to save blood, nutrients and oxygen which the body might need later. Next, it raises your heart rate and allows more oxygen to be pumped to the muscles, while also drawing away blood from critical areas in the body. At the same time, the adrenals releases epinephrine and norepinephrine in the system, which active the release of glucose in the blood and provide you with energy. Finally, the parasympathetic nervous system also dilates your pupils in order to allow more light in your eyes which can help you run away from danger.
All of this is normal, but the problems begin when it happens on a regular basis. The release of certain hormones can be detrimental for your health when occurring often, which is why you need to learn how to deal with stress. Here are a few tips that can help:
Breathe deeply at regular intervals
Deep breathing will regulate the function of the parasympathetic nervous system and promote better digestion and relaxation.
Eat a healthy diet rich in nutrients
Eat a diet rich in foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins B and D to ensure proper digestion and proper function of the parasympathetic nervous system.
Regular exercise is highly important if you want to stay emotionally balanced. You don’t have to hit the gym – just start moving more.
Prayers, meditation and other relaxation techniques
Any kind of relaxation technique can ease your mind and help you cope with stress. These techniques will also regulate your blood pressure and your heart rate which can help you relax.
Be honest about your feelings
Being honest about your feelings will prevent unpleasant emotions from turning to frustration, anxiety of anger.
Introduce visualization in your relax sessions in order to balance your emotions and cope with the stress.