STRESS AND YOUR HEALTH
The long-term activation of the stress-response system — and the subsequent overexposure to cortisol and other stress hormones — can disrupt almost all your body’s processes. This puts you at increased risk of numerous health problems, including:
• Heart disease
• Sleep problems
• Digestive problems
• Memory impairment
• Increased cold and flu incidence
Read on to learn about various ways to immediately deal with the mental and physical aspects of stress.
BREATHING TO REDUCE STRESS
Shallow breathing, which occurs when we are under stress, adds to the fight or flight response and adrenaline release. Deep breathing is a simple way to interrupt this cycle and calm down the body and mind.
Be mindful of your breathingin times of stress:
•Use your diaphragm muscles to draw in breath, feeling your belly, not your shoulders, move.
• Allow your exhale to extend until all breath has left your lungs.
SEE THE NUMBERS FOR BETTER SLEEP
Close your eyes and follow the deep breathing technique: