How to get rid of stress: eliminate sources and exercise
August 7, 2017
Slow internet, car problems, family disagreements … we face stress every day. And if we do not take up our health in time, then sooner or later we run the risk of “breaking loose” and doing things for which we will be ashamed. Let’s deal with this ailment and find out what needs to be done to get rid of stressful situations.
Understanding stress in a new way
Almost everyone thinks they know the essence of stress. But is it? Stress comes in many shapes and sizes. It can be acute and chronic. It can be social, physical, metabolic, etc. Most people use this word without distinguishing between cause and effect. So it turns out that, when describing the impending stress, we often say: “I have a stressful job.” Or, when faced with problems, we complain: “I am under such stress. I just don’t understand anything ”. Even scientists do not always draw a clear line between stress as a condition and the psychological response to it.
But how do you deal with this loose concept? To do this, you need to remember its biological nature.
Stress, first of all, threatens the balance of our body.
This is a challenge to be met; it is a command to adapt to environmental changes. Anything that causes brain cell activity can be considered stress in one form or another. In order for a neuron to transmit a signal along a chain, it needs energy, and burning fuel for it wears out the cells. The feeling of stress is primarily an emotional echo of the stress experienced by brain cells.
Instill yourself against stress
How our body and brain respond to stress depends on many factors, and your genetic code and personal experience are important here. We are witnessing an ever widening gap between our evolution as biological beings and the development of society. There is no need to run away from lions today. Moreover, we even have to restrain our natural instincts: in a conference room at a board meeting, few people will succumb to the inherent “fight or flight” reaction inherent in human nature.
If you’re stressed at work, would you allow yourself to slap your boss because of it? Or turn away from him and run away?
Today it’s all about how correctly you react to a situation. It affects not only how you feel, but how stress affects your brain. If you react passively and find no way out, he can have a devastating effect on you. Like most mental disorders, chronic stress occurs when the brain is fixated on some kind of experience – primarily on pessimistic thoughts, fears, and the desire to avoid trouble. Actively resisting stress relieves these conditions. We must resist our innate instincts and remember that we can control the effect of stress on us. And that control is a key factor.
Go in for sports
Exercise can help combat the emotional and bodily manifestations of this problem. They also work at the cellular level. But how can this be if body load is itself a form of stress? Exercise-induced brain activity generates byproducts at the molecular level that can damage cells. However, under normal conditions, repair mechanisms over time make brain cells even more adapted for future tasks. Neurons are weakened and strengthened, just like the muscles in our body – the more they tense, the more flexible and resilient they become. This is how physical activity forces the body and brain to adapt to new conditions.
Stress and recovery. This basic paradigm of biology produces powerful and sometimes unexpected results.
More and more companies are encouraging employees to use corporate gyms and become members of health clubs. Many health insurance companies include in the cost of the policy and payment for classes in fitness clubs. This generosity is fueled by research that clearly shows that exercise reduces stress and increases productivity. In 2004, researchers at the University of Leeds in England found that employees in companies who exercised in corporate gyms were more productive and able to handle increased workloads.
These facts run into the paradox of evolution: it is much easier to survive in the modern world, but we experience much more stress than our ancestors. And the fact that we are physically much less active than they are, only exacerbates the situation. Always remember: the more stressors put pressure on you, the more the body needs movement for the brain to function properly.
Based on materials from the book “Light yourself up!”