Is This The Answer To Stress?
Stress! We never know when it will hit? It could be work-related, relationship hassles, financial problems, noisy neighbours, loneliness, etc.
This can put a lot of pressure on our nervous system to a point where we find it hard to cope.
Stress symptoms vary with each individual. These can include: feeling uptight, anxious, irritable, lacking in energy, fatigued, have problems sleeping and digesting our food, where even simple tasks can become difficult.
Cortisol – The Stress Hormone
This can lead our body to release excessive amounts of Cortisol the stress hormone that helps give us the energy to deal with the immediate stress.* The problem is our body is designed to deal mainly with short-term stress (Fight or flight syndrome).
If Cortisol production is * constant it can have a very detrimental effect on the body. Stress symptoms like burn-out and exhaustion can often follow.
It is interesting to note that according to the Health and Safety Executive in 2014/15, stress accounted for 35% of all work-related ill health cases and 43% of all working days lost in the UK due to ill health.
To offset this we try and unwind by watching TV, surfing the net, etc.
Yet is this really doing it for us? Or are we one of those people that just can’t unwind and switch off? It can be like we are on a stress thread-mill where we can never seem to get off.
What can we do to help here* you may ask?
10 Steps to Help Cope with Stress
- Go for a 20 minute walk in nature every day.
- Limit screen time (TV, phones, tablets, laptops, etc) to 3 hours a day. It is especially important to avoid watching screens for one to two hours before bed. (Screens help emit a blue light that can interfere with the sleep–inducing hormone melatonin).
- Try and get at least two hours of direct sunshine or daylight every day. (This helps align our sleep regulating circadian-rhythm).
- Learn to meditate.
- Be less self-critical both of yourself and others.
- Count your blessings: List some of the really good things going on in your life: good friends, nice home, good shape, good health, great hair, ability to laugh at yourself, great job, great parents, great kids, great wife, great husband, etc.
- Exercise 3 to 4 times a week: jogging, yoga, Tai-chi, home gym, etc.
- Eat healthy: fresh fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, fish etc.
- Avoid junk food: cakes biscuits, sweets, chocolate, ice-cream and also sugar and salt.
- Go easy on take-out foods (no more than once a week) and only drink alcohol in moderation.
Try doing these steps and see the difference it can make for you.
The Difference That Helps Make the Difference
Something else well worth considering is an amazing nutrient that has often been fondly referred to as “The Happy Vitamin” (Vitamin B5 / Panthothenic acid) or Pantac.
If we are anxious or wound up, it helps contribute to normal mental performance.
For those of us exhausted or lacking in energy, it can also help contribute to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue and help our brain communicate effectively.
These are all areas that can hit us hard when the tsunamis of stress hits. This is where Pantac’s contribution to these functions can prove invaluable.
So next time stress rears its ugly head, try Pantac.
Then perhaps you will understand why for over 40 years it has been such a firm Tony Quinn Educohealth favourite with our customers interested in their mental health.