The Effects of Stress, and What You Can do About it!

What are the effects of Stress?

It’s no secret that stress can harm the body. Women are especially susceptible to it. We’re constantly multitasking at home, between work and caring for our children- which leaves us feeling overwhelmed and anxious about everything we need to get done by tomorrow morning. So what are the affects of stress and how does it show up in our lives? 

There is a lot of scientific evidence that shows how stress affects the body in many different ways: from increasing inflammation in the body (which has been linked with arthritis) to causing insomnia or difficulty sleeping at night. It also impacts your immune system, so your immune system becomes weaker and more vulnerable when you’re more stressed out. While this may seem like an impossible task, there are some things you can do today to feel less stressed out before bedtime tonight! But first, lets’ look at the signs! 

How can you tell if you are stressed out? 

The more stressed you are, the worse your health will be. This is because stress can cause many symptoms like sleeplessness and headaches, to name just two. And if that wasn’t bad enough, it also exacerbates other problems such as digestive or sexual issues! That’s why when we feel anxious, our body starts breaking down from all this excess pressure. Do you recognize any physical symptoms on this list? 

 How Can We Reduce The Affects Of Stress?

Stress is a constant reality for many women. It can be hard to find time and space to care for yourself when you have kids or work and responsibilities. Luckily there are plenty of ways you can decrease your stress levels in order to live a healthier lifestyle. In this blog post, we will share ten tips that may help with reducing stress levels!  

1) Meditate- If you’re looking for a way to reduce stress levels and unwind, look no further than meditation. All it takes is an open mind that’s willing to be patient with yourself as your practice gets off the ground. Your body will thank you for taking time out of each day just for itself! Meditation doesn’t always feel natural, but the benefits far outweigh the negatives. 

2) Take care of your mental health- Make an appointment with a therapist or counsellor if needed.

3)It’s easy to see why people who exercise regularly often become hooked; the benefits feel great! Exercise releases endorphins that make us feel good about ourselves. Endorphins are chemicals that your brain releases during and after exercising. 

4) Organize your time and tasks so that you know what needs to be done next. 

5) Take a timeout if you are too hard on yourself—you’re not a toddler, but it helps relieve any pent-up energy after all! Spend some “me” time once in a while– take an hour at lunch for whatever makes you happy (whether that’s reading; going out with friends). 

6) Be sure to get enough sleep because lack of shut-eye can cause anxiety levels to skyrocket as well as make us more susceptible to illness/infection.

7)No matter what the song, sometimes belting out the lyrics to a favorite tune will make everything seem alright. Just listening to music can provide temporary relief from bad moods as well. Classical music by Bach or Mozart is often great for relaxing before bedtime.

8) When worries are running rampant, try slowly counting back ten numbers, then count them again forward until you feel calm down enough to sleep peacefully.

9) Pets can boost self-esteem and even ease the sting of social rejection. Studies show this really works! After a rough day, snuggle up with your pet. 

10) Laughter is one of the sillier ways to beat stress, but there’s science behind it. A fit of hysterics can increase blood flow and boost immunity. Check out a hilarious YouTube video (maybe an adorable pug?) for a quick pick-me-up.

Bonus Tip!

Every day, many people turn to functional mushrooms for their high levels of stress. These fungi are not only a potential cure but also an important part of the human diet. 

Would you believe that there is even more than meets the eye when it comes to these serene little guys? Functional mushrooms have been shown time after time again to reduce feelings of anxiety by lowering cortisol concentrations which lower blood pressure while improving moods; all without any side effects! 

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