Do you feel rushed and stressed throughout your day? Do you feel exhausted when you finally sit down to relax? You are not alone. Forty-four percent of Americans feel more stress than they did five years ago.
With technology, we have been able to be more productive throughout our days and nights. We can multi-task and get more done than we ever have.
We are consistently releasing the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline to keep us going. Cortisol triggers the release of glucose into our bloodstream while adrenaline boosts our heart rate and blood pressure. Releasing these stress hormones tells our nervous system that we are in danger, which is known as the fight or flight response.
Fight or flight response was useful many years ago when our ancestors came in contact with predators. It gave them a quick boost of energy so they could run or fight back in that moment. They weren’t needing to release these stress hormones all day long, as many Americans do now. Although we aren’t having to run from tigers nowadays, our bodies can’t tell the difference between the various types of stress we encounter daily.
We are working more, eating on the go, consuming more sugar and caffeine and exercising less. This has led to increased health issues and prescriptions for anxiety, depression, insomnia, pain, and diabetes.
Stress is the basic cause of 60 percent of all human illness and disease including heart attacks and strokes. 40 percent of stressed people overeat or eat unhealthy food and 44 percent are losing sleep each night…
And heart disease is the number 1 killer of American women.
Here are a few tips to help you slow down and feel less rushed. Try to start simple rather than get overwhelmed. We don’t want to add to your stress!