Is your fast-paced lifestyle taking its toll on your youth?
One of the most treacherous of today’s modern-day assassins, stress is your body’s way of coping with any demands that the situation or environment make on you. Your body responds to this stress by releasing certain hormones into your blood to release more energy and strength.
In situations where your stress is short-lived and subsides after a brief period, your body benefits from this extra vigor, enabling you to put in your very best to the task at hand.
However, most modern-day lifestyles do not permit this beneficial form of stress and instead weigh you down with a continual, long-term burden which chips away at your physical and mental wellbeing causing you to fall prey to an extensive array of diseases which range from hypertension to even cardiac arrest.
Mounting levels of stress have also been known to induce binge eating, where the individual is prompted to over-eat all kinds of unhealthy comfort food as recourse from the stress he is up against.
Stress is also a firm building block for addictions like cigarettes, and alcohol… which don’t just pre-pone the ageing process, but can also be first step towards an early grave.
In today’s world, stress is an unavoidable part of our daily lives. Be it work, or your personal relationships, almost every situation demands exacting standards of near-perfection, making it increasingly difficult to accomplish the goals you chalk out for yourself.
And so, in order to keep this pent-up energy and strength from assuming a more treacherous stance, you need to find an outlet where you can safely purge yourself off this negative stress and resume your daily life with a newfound enthusiasm.
Some of the most effective ways of dealing with stress are:
Aerobic exercise of any form is one of the safest and most effective ways to deal with stress. When you indulge in an activity like jogging, walking, running, swimming or even dancing, your heart is forced to beat harder and faster, increasing the circulation of blood in your body. Cardiovascular exercise is also a great way to work away any extra pounds of fat that your body may have accumulated over years of disuse and neglect.
Get a hobby:
Taking your mind off the current situation often lets you look at things in a new light and opens many more doors and possibilities. Doing something that interests you also encourages you to smile more often, keeping those angry scowl lines at bay. Laughing is also a great way to work out those under-used facial muscles, which in turn bring you a step closer to your goal of aquiline cheeks!
If all else fails…
Watch a silly movie, read a humorous book or simply hang out with someone whose company you truly enjoy. As the adage goes,” There’s very little in life that a great laugh and a good night’s sleep can’t cure!”