Between your schoolwork, family and social life, you’re under a lot of pressure. Some stress is good because it helps you to overcome challenges. Other stress just leaves you feeling blue. But too much of any stress isn’t good for your body. Next time you’re feeling super-stressed, keep these things in mind.How Your Body Responds to Stress
When something very stressful happens, your body leaps into action. Your brain triggers the release of stress hormones that travel to different parts of your body, putting it on high alert. Your breathing, heart rate and blood pressure increase. Your blood vessels constrict, directing more blood to your brain and muscles.Stress and Your Health
When you experience too much stress, it pushes your body to the limit. Stress can also trigger unhealthy ways of coping, such as eating high-fat, high-calorie comfort foods, not sleeping and not exercising. Over time, it can lead to chronic health problems, from acne to heart disease.Tips for Managing Stress
- Exercise. Walking is an easy way to get regular exercise, but any type of regular physical activity will bust stress and lift your mood. Every bit helps!
- Get enough sleep and eat a healthy diet. Get 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night so you have the energy to cope with stressful situations. Fuel your body with healthy foods.
- Nurture close relationships. Healthy relationships with friends and family are good for your health.
- Learn to say “no”. This can be hard, but saying no to one extra task at school can give you the breathing room you need.
- Get help if you need it. If nothing helps and you can’t seem to get relief from stress, there’s no shame in talking to your doctor!
What’s the biggest cause of stress in your life?