Breathing is a completely natural way of managing stress & anxiety.There are simple breathing techniques that can help you eliminate stress and live a calmer life.Take slow, deep, complete breaths. Calm yourself by focusing on your breath instead of on your feelings of panic. Focus on the calming sensation of the breath moving in and out of the body, healing and nourishing you. Continue to take slow, deep, complete breaths. Slow, deep, complete breaths will relax your body, which is the first step to reversing the release of adrenaline.
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Causes of Stress
Most people experience stress and anxiety to some degree. Stress and anxiety are natural defense mechanisms, but they can get out of hand. Stress affects everybody from time to time, but chronic stress is bad for your health. Stress is the body’s response to various stressors, including sensory input, lack of control over one’s environment, relationship conflict, deception, major life events, life experiences such as poverty, unemployment, heavy drinking and lack of sleep, as well as workplace and academic stress.
The Effects of Stress
Some stressors only affect individuals in the short term, these are called acute stressors while others affect individuals over a period of time are termed chronic stressors.
The effects of stress also vary with time, with alarm being the first stage. This is when the stressor is first detected and the body’s subsequent response is a state of alarm. It is during this stage that the fight or flight reflex is activated. Both cortisol and adrenaline are produced at this time.
The second stage of the response, if the stressor persists, is resistance. It is here that the body begins to adapt to the strains of the environment, though this state is not sustainable as the body’s resources are used up.
The third and last stage is exhaustion, where all of the body’s resources are gone and normal bodily function ceases. If this stage is extended, long term damage may result to the body, especially the immune system.
Stress causes physical symptoms such as ulcers, depression, diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, and cardiovascular problems.
Ways to Combat Stress
Physical exercises like deep breathing and yoga, as well as visiting spas and various forms of alternativemedicine. Taking up a hobby, engaging in artistic expression, and spending quality time with family and pets is another set of methods to deal with stress.