I rarely lose my temper, no more than once or twice a week on average.
How often do you find yourself getting angry?
Are you aware that anger is the psychological manifestation of stress & worry?
How often do you lose your temper?
We’d all like to be able to live a more stress free lifestyle. The benefits of less stress can be seen, not only in the way you handle situations, but in what you decide to eat, how your body reacts to stress & the shape of your body & where you store fat.
Case studies that directly correlate with the benefits of anger management, as well as how a person handles stressful situations have proven the benefits of stress management.
Symptoms of Stress…
Have you experienced any of the following issues without knowing why?
- Trembling or tremors
- Grinding of your teeth
- Lightheadedness or dizziness
- Cold or sweaty hands or feet
- Frequent colds
- Frequent infections or sores
- Unexplained allergy attacks
- Stomach pain
- Difficulty concentrating
- Frequent crying spells
- Feelings of loneliness
- Increased frustration
- Nervous habits
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty making decisions
- Heart racing or palpitations
- Increased number of minor accidents
- Overreaction to petty annoyances
…Any of these can be symptoms of being over stressed!
Stress affects the body in other ways as well… The tendency for heart disease is a more obvious & well known correlation.
Numerous studies have indicated that due to consistent heart rate increase created by stress, we are stressing our hearts physically more so than on average, & the correlation of heart disease & stress is long standing.
Case Study – Stress vs. Diabetes…
Those who suffer from diabetes, for example, have seen positive results when they address & manage stress.
Stress management training was associated with a small (0.5%) but significant reduction in HbA1c.
The term HbA1c refers to glycated haemoglobin. It develops when haemoglobin, a protein within red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout your body, joins with glucose in the blood, becoming ‘glycated’.
By measuring glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c), clinicians are able to get an overall picture of what our average blood sugar levels have been over a period of weeks/months.
For people with diabetes this is important as the higher the HbA1c, the greater the risk of developing diabetes-related complications.
HbA1c is also referred to as haemoglobin A1c or simply A1c.
What To Do…
It’s obvious that any or all of the symptoms above can decrease your level of heath, your wellness or even your life if experienced on a long-term basis!
So what’s the cure?
Obviously – trying to find ways to limit your stress as best possible.
Begin to say ‘no’ when people ask to add new things to your plate, especially when it is already full.
Take time to implement systems that help you manage overwhelming tasks or problems.
Delegate tasks. Be smart with where you spend your precious time. If someone else could be completing the task for you then pass it over & spend a fraction of the time reviewing their work before completing the job.
Talk; to yourself, outloud, to co-worker, to friends, to complete strangers!
A problem shared is a problem halved.
Not only will it help you feel less stressed by talking out the issue(s) but the person you share with may come up with additional solutions on how to manage, decrease or eliminate specific stressors in your life that didn’t come to your mind.
It’s worth a shot.
Food & Exercise…
Also – remember: eating healthy & exercising are great ways to stimulate feeling good, strong & energetic while at the same time reducing stress levels.
Eating well helps to increase serotonin which is the ‘happy hormone’ & exercise also helps to increase endorphins – other hormones that help stimulate happiness & positive thoughts & emotions.
Be aware of your stresses & what causes them.
Always look for better ways to manage & reduce your stress & promote positivity, wellness & longevity!
To Your Best Health,
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