Is Stress Making You Sick?

Friday, February 9, 2007

According to the National Institute of Health, 80 to 90 percent of all illnesses are either directly or indirectly caused by stress.

In another study conducted by the Center for the New American Dream, researchers found that more than 50 percent of Americans would be willing to take a day off work without pay in an effort to feel less stressed and have more time with their families.

There are many steps that people can incorporate into their daily life to help manage stress of your lives.

Eating right and try to avoid eating before you go to sleep. Eating healthy food can increase your energy. You can also drink less Caffeine. Drinking lots of coffee and sodas can increase your stress levels. If you can't cut out caffeine beverages completely, try to alternate your caffeine intake with healthier beverages or snacks.

One of the most effective way to cut out stress is to exercise. Exercise is a great way to relieve stress, you can try to take a 10-minute walk during the day, even if it means a walk around the office or a building. Walking will help to get your blood moving and give you a mental break from your tasks.

Some people try stretching and this often helps. Stretching can relieve stiff muscles, which can hold tension and make you feel more stressed.

When we are stressed, we have a tendency to take shallow breaths, which can result in feeling more tense. Take long deep breath or concentrate on your counting and breath.

Be sure you are getting enough sleep at night. Not feeling rested can add to your stress level and make you feel more overwhelmed.

Some times its as simple as taking your phone of the hook or turning of your cell phone to relieve stress.

Most stress arises due to feelings of life being out of control. By taking time to take care of yourself, you can begin to gain control and ensure that your day is as relaxed as possible.