A 2015 study found that over 30% of people reported having high levels of stress and although the symptoms vary from person to person, chronic or excessive stress affects everyone’s health. Listed below are some of the symptoms people may encounter:
1. Skin disorders
2. Compromised immune system leading to recurring illnesses.
3. Headaches or chronic pain
4. Sleep disorders
5. Loss of appetite and other digestive issues
Combatting stress can require a holistic approach which can include but not limited to the following:
1. Regular exercise
2. Relaxation techniques i.e. meditation, yoga, deep breathing, walks in nature etc
3. Improved diet (reducing caffeine, alcohol and excess sugar)
4. Reducing stress forming commitments
5. Finding joy and laughter
With regards to exercise, it is important to find a balanced regime with a focus on gentle to moderate exercise to avoid overloading your adrenals which can add to your existing stress levels. Extra emphasis should also be placed on your breathing, so whether you are participating in yoga, weight training, moderate cardio training or outdoor walking, focus on a deep breath in and out. Mindful breathing can also include a feeling of releasing stress or tension as you exhale.