Monday, March 15, 2010
Hey everyone! This blog is about something we all have in our lives...stress. Family, friends, work, workouts, relationships, etc...even though all of these things present positives, they also all come with stresses. Some are preventable some aren't. In order to be the healthiest you can be, you need to eliminate as much stress in your life as possible. Let me clarify something real quickly though, there are good stresses in our lives that we want to keep (ie: excitement or exercise). This blog post is going to be geared toward the negative stress in our lives.
We all know stress is bad for us, but why? Stress triggers a flight or fight response in the body which causes release of cortisol, increased heart rate, slowed digestion, decreased blood flow to major muscle groups, and other autonomic nervous system reactions. These can be good when needed, but in everyday life these will cause harm to the body. When we are put under chronic stress, these reactions will result in headaches, diabetes, depression, ulcers, obesity, and many more.
I bring this up this week because I am currently under a lot of stress with moving to a new place, where I know no one. Starting a new job (building a business) from scratch. Not spending time in the area before we're not even sure we'll like it. There are a lot of factors in my life right now that I am stressed out about. Today I sat back and thought about it after reading an email from my brother and like he quoted from Bob Marley "Don't worry bout a thing...cause everything gonna be alright". Our life will bring challenges, will bring heart ache, will bring scares...but in the end it's all going to work out and if we take it day by day and find time to release that stress in a positive manner (workouts, meditation, etc), we'll be healthier and the whole process will go much smoother.