How to Stay Zen and Manage Stress
Stressed lately? It’s normal… sometimes. Stress is your body’s natural response to internal or external changes (stressors) and affect the whole body. It affects almost everyone simply because there are a myriad of stressors all around us, but it’s just up to us how we will manage it.
On a positive note, we will be sharing effective ways on how you can manage your stress at the end!
When does stress become a problem?
Stress may help your body adapt to new situations. It can help keep you alert and on standby to avoid danger. It only becomes a problem when your stress is activated for a long time. The fight or flight response of your body changes your brain and damages the other organs and cells in your body.
How to Prevent Stress
As the old saying goes, “prevention is better than cure.” This is especially true with stress-management. Here are some ways that can help you mitigate the effects of stress:
Try relaxing activities - yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises.
Learn to say “no” - when you know that you have a full workload, remember that you can say no to additional responsibilities. Balance is always key. You can always get the extra responsibility
Surround yourself with good people - these are people who help you remain grounded and calm and are also well-balanced in their lives. Remember, you are the average of the 5 people you hang out with. If they’re all very stressed, you are at a higher risk of being stressed too!
Effects of Stress on The Body
Tension headaches - apply heat or ice to relieve tense shoulder and neck muscles. You can also massage these areas with a soothing and relaxing all-around menthol balm or a soothing and cooling eucalyptus & peppermint massage oil!
Weight gain - cortisol, a hormone released by your body when it’s stressed, can increase your appetite. It tells your body to replenish your energy with energy-rich foods such as carbs, causing you to have cravings.
Hair Loss - stress-induced hair loss (or Telogen Effluvium) is usually temporary, but it still happens. You can solve this by having a healthy diet and using a Gugo shampoo that is known to kickstart and enable hair growth.
Acne - prolonged stress can change the chemistry of your body. This can result in drying out your skin and increasing oil production, which increases the likelihood of getting acne. To make sure that you’re not aggravating your skin, you can use a gentle Aloe Calendula cream wash to soothe and help your skin regain its strength.
Irritability and anger - chronic stress can cause a person to feel that it’s hard to manage their emotions, causing irritability. It also increases feelings of anger that leads to a heightened risk of developing heart disease.
Stress is normal, but we should know when it’s not. Let's listen to our body and mind, and make sure that we are taking care of ourselves. Remember to stay Zen!
How about you? What methods have you found to effectively reduce your stress?