Stress effects many people in many different ways, but its important to understand how it works, why it happens and how to manage it. That way, you can spend less time worrying and more time enjoying life.
Although it’s a normal healthy response we have to certain situations and in some ways a small amount may actually help us through a brief difficult moment and even allow us to perform under pressure.
In a heightened state of stress our body goes into something called fight or flight mode. In this state the body’s nervous system causes a chemical response in our adrenal glands and produces an excess amount of hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol; preparing us for a potentially life threating situation where we may just have to fight or flee.
Our bodies were originally designed this way to protect us from dangerous situations or animals but it is not often these days for most of us that we are fending off wild creatures, never the less, this system is still in place and protects us from any dangers we may face today.
In this day and age though most of us would say that the most common stressors are work, relationship, family, financial and societal pressures we face on a regular basis. These stressors do tend to build up along with our stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline.
Most of us can say we have experienced occasional heightened states of stress but what we don’t realise is that increased stress hormones in the body are becoming the norm.
Increased adrenaline and cortisol levels can have affect our immune, digestive, cardiovascular and muscular systems, not to mention our overall general well-being, or in this case, not well-being. Stress can also be a cause of poor sleep, which then causes more stress, and as you see the cycle can be endless.
Although there seems to be endless causes to stress, there are also plenty of ways we can de-stress our bodies. Simply taking a little time each day for ourselves can have a big impact, as well as practicing meditation and exercise, as these methods are proven by science to reduce stress and improve well-being.
Another fantastic and proven way of de-stressing our bodies is through massage. It is an hour of feel good you time! Not only does massage promote the relaxation of skeletal muscle, the parts of our bodies which do all the work, take all the tension and carry us around every day. Massage promotes production of feel good hormones like dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin.
If you’ve been needing to relax, come and visit one of our friendly Physios for a massage 🙂