Health

How Stress Can Be Banished From Your Life

Stress is a daily condition; it is a feeling that people have when they are overwhelmed and struggling to meet the demands of everyday life. These requirements can be related to finances, work, relationships, and other situations, but also something that poses a real challenge or fear of human well-being. Stress can be a motivator. Although this mechanism is activated very easily, or when there are many stressors at the same time, it can undermine a person’s mental and physical health and become harmful.

How Stress Can Be Banished From Your Life

Stress naturally slows down certain bodily functions, such as the digestive and immune systems, so that all available resources can be focused on rapid breathing, blood flow, and muscle function. Changes in the body follow the following course during stress:

  • Increase in blood pressure and heart rate
  • Fast breathing
  • The digestive system slows down
  • The function of the immune system is reduced
  • The muscles contract
  • Increased alertness that prevents sleep

How we react to difficult situations affects how stress affects our health. A person who feels he does not have enough reserves to deal with a problem is more likely to react more strongly. Stressors affect people in different ways. Some situations affect some people and not others. Experience determines how a person will respond. Some people experience anxiety after a traumatic experience, such as an accident or some form of abuse. This is known as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Those who work in very stressful jobs, such as the military or emergencies, may have post-traumatic stress disorder. It may have affected us during th COVID-19 crisis also.

What can you do about stress yourself?

There are several options for managing or preventing stress. These include:

  1. Exercise: exercise helps a person’s physical and mental health.
  2. Nutrition: a healthy, balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables strengthens the immune system against stress.
  3. Priorities: take some time to organise what you want to do; planning is most important.
  4. Time: take some time each day for yourself. Use it to organise your life, relax and enjoy your interests.
  5. Breathing and relaxation: meditation, massage and yoga help. Breathing and relaxation techniques slow down the body and help to relax.
  6. Talk: Talk to your family, friends, co-workers, and boss about your thoughts. You may find that you are not the only one who feels this way.
  7. Recognise the signs: a person may be worried about the problem caused by stress and not notice the effects on his body. Observe the symptoms, this is the first step.
  8. Find your relaxation: most people have something that helps them relax, such as reading a book, taking a walk, playing music, and spending time with friends.
  9. Build support networks: develop social support networks such as the local community or a charity. Social media can also help, but it does not replace personal contact.
  10. Look at CBD oil: Cbd can be a massive boost for your immune system and nervous system. It has proven benefits. If you are interested, it is best to look at how to calculate CBD dosage in order to get the right dosage for you and incorporate it into your life.ย 

Staying happy and healthy during the Coronavirus lockdown

Well 2020 has not been the year we had planned, I don’t think anyone expected weeks of the country and along with the rest of the world being on lockdown. Our year started well with a trip to Finland which was amazing, then 4 weeks later Covid-19 started its trip around the world putting plans on hold for everyone. For some people they are home along struggling to be alone or home schooling children and just generally not

Staying connected

There are so many ways to stay connected, video calls using zoom or house party. Facetime, which is my go too, I have used it a lot to stay in contact with family and friends more over the last few weeks than ever before. Sometimes it’s just sending that little text to to see how someone is doing or just so they know you are thinking about them. It’s those little things that let people you care even during the strangest of times.

Get ready for the day

I found that during the first couple of weeks of lockdown I was wearing comfy clothes and some days I didn’t even get myself or the children dressed. Before long I was feeling a bit meh, it was then I started to make an effort to straighten my hair pop on some make up and add a splash of lip colour and some jewellery. It made me feel so much better. Don’t get me wrong it’s 10am I’m writing this while still in my pj’s but thats ok. I will get dresses and enjoy the day.

Keep healthy

Staying happy and healthy during the Coronavirus

Exercise is great not just for psychical but also for mental health, so heading out each day for a walk with the children and the dogs has been great for all of us. Now I’m not someone who regularly goes to the gym so it hasn’t been something that I have missed, but I can understand that those who use the gym daily will be getting adventurous with new home work outs. There are lots of online workouts you can can choose from.

Keeping our bodies healthy is something we all want, however you really don’t know what is happening unless you get health check-ups. It’s so important for our personal health that you get checks. It could be bloody pressure, allergy checks, STD checks, eye sights or even routine bloods, these are all ways you can make sure your keeping healthy. Also it helps to know what is going on so you can make any necessary changes.

Stay positive

Staying positive during these times isn’t easy for anyone. We all miss our family and friends. When I face-time my 2 year old niece she asks to come to my house to see us and not on the phone, it breaks my heart. Not seeing her for 3 months now means I have missed out so much on watching her grow. However, we all know that making these sacrifices in the short term will be beneficial in the long term. I cannot wait to see our family again, fingers crossed it wont be for too much longer.

gardening for mental health

We have like so many other people been working on our garden, which has been something the whole family has been involved with. We decided to cancel our holiday to France so we have used the money on the garden, we are so pleased to be able to time and money on the garden this year.

I hope that you have been able to stay positive throughout this whole Coronavirus and be able to enjoy having the children at home and spending time as a family unit. Fingers crossed it won’t be to long before some more of the restrictions are removed and we can start to see some family and friends.

Anticipatory Measures to Prevent Hypertension

Hypertension is a condition brought about by the increase in the force of your blood as it flows through your arteries. High blood pressure is often called a ‘silent killer’, as it does not typically show warning signs until it has done a significant amount of damage to the heart and circulatory system. For this reason, many people live with the condition without knowing. Adhering to the cautionary steps below will go a long way in helping you prevent hypertension.

Measures to Prevent Hypertension

Consistent Workouts

Exercising at least three times a week makes your heart stronger and also reduces your blood pressure. Working out does not necessarily mean being an athlete, just two or three hours a week of moderate exercise is fine – following the NHS guidelines on exercise will play a big part in reducing your blood pressure. It also enables you to maintain a healthy weight. Exercise is critical even with normal blood pressure as it will help reduce the chances of high blood pressure at old age.

Maintaining a Balanced Diet

You should be careful about what you eat to maintain a healthy body. Keeping a healthy diet helps a lot in managing your blood pressure. Your diet should always include fruits and vegetables. Potassium found in vegetables will assist the body to maintain normal blood pressure. It is equally important to control your consumption of calories, excessive fats, as well as sugar.

Controlling Salt Consumption

Studies have shown that maintaining a low sodium diet helps to reduce blood pressure. Therefore, it is important to avoid processed food to help reduce your salt intake. Additionally, avoid adding salt to already cooked food. In a nutshell, try not to take more than 1500mg of salt a day.

Limit Your Alcohol Intake

According to studies, high amounts of alcohol pose a significant danger to your blood pressure. As a result, experts recommend no more than a single drink a day for women and two drinks a day for men. It is healthier to avoid drinking altogether.

Keep to a Healthy Weight

Weight plays a big part in the state of your blood pressure. Studies have shown a link between obesity and the likelihood of suffering from hypertension. Individuals with weight issues should consider the different weight loss regimes that work to normalise their blood pressure. Those with a healthy weight should employ cautionary measures to ensure they don’t add on weight. Experts suggest that you strive to maintain a healthy body mass index. It makes sense to focus on a consistent workout, proper nutrition,ย  and getting plenty of sleep to help maintain healthy blood pressure no matter your weight.

Avoid Stress

Stress also contributes to an increase in blood pressure. It is crucial to master the skills of stress management as it might be unavoidable. This helps better control your emotional and physical health which in turn enables you to maintain normal blood pressure.

Visiting the Doctor Consistently

It is crucial to visit a doctor a few times a year for checkups, whether sick or not. Hypertension can affect the human body with no visible symptoms. It is, therefore, wise to have your blood pressure checked regularly. In case you have stage 1 hypertension, be sure to take any medication recommended by the doctor and strive to see them at least once every month until your blood pressure normalises and. If other health issues are involved, it is advisable to visit your physicians more frequently so that they can monitor your progress and advise you on the way forward. The information you acquire will also help you come up with a plan on a diet.

With that in mind, you can now easily accept this condition and work towards eliminating it. Ensuring self-discipline while employing the above steps in your daily life will help you lead a life free of hypertension, therefore, avoiding any serious complications.