How Relaxing More Can Help Reduce Stress
Today, let’s look at how making an effort to relax more can help us reduce stress. Feeling stressed is an ancient biochemical process that has served us well over the millennia. It’s a way of quickly putting our body on high alert. It is designed to get us ready for physical activity like running away or fighting. This has worked well in the distant past, but outside of a sporting event, it doesn’t do us much good these days. We have to find other coping mechanisms and different ways to calm back down and that’s where making an effort to relax more comes in.
Have you ever gone through a period in your life where you drank way too much coffee (or other caffeinated beverage)? At first, a cup of coffee in the morning will wake you up and keep you alert for a couple of hours. Then, as you start to drink more and more throughout the day, it takes larger quantities of coffee to get the same effect. Your body builds up a caffeine tolerance. It works the same with stress. The more often we are stressed, the more adrenaline and other stimulating substances and hormones the body has to dump into our system to get the same reaction. The problem is that being too stressed too often takes its toll on the body. We need to get down to a safer level of stress.
With the coffee addiction, we may choose to drink a more calming herbal tea for a while and greatly cut back on the coffee, or even just slowly work our way down to 3 cups a day. After a while, our caffeine tolerance goes back to normal. Stress works the same way. We can down-cycle the hormone release by making an effort to relax more and stress less. Not only will it greatly benefit your overall health, but you’ll also feel better without all those extra stimulants coursing through your system 24/7.
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