Stress, in modern times, is usually triggered by pressures at the work place, at home or even at odd places and situations where you sometimes find yourself in. Personal problems develop into stressful situations that can sometimes be debilitating – emotionally, intellectually and even physically sometimes.
These days, there are many ways and methods of removing stress out of one’s system. Some are classic age-old methods (yoga, Xi Gong, meditation) and some are new techniques and routines (music, computer games, watching TV) all in the name of eliminating the discomfort of stress on one’s mind.
Like fighting an incurable illness, people (and including the experts) had recognized that the many methods of reducing stress touch more on managing the illness rather than its total elimination.
Like most things today, stress is already accepted and recognized as an unavoidable part of modern life. More than half (7 out of 10) of all American adults declare they are currently under daily stress. Most are related to work, a better part is personal, while some are experiencing stress brought about by social pressures.
More and more people report that these stressful situations had interfered with their lives, and while the symptoms have become physical and emotional, the intensity is also on the rise. Today, many people are finding out that exercise or some other form of physical activity (walking, yoga, running, personal sport, etc.) have improved their lot.
The benefits of physical activity on stress had long been known and established by experts. Getting physically active has been proven in reducing the effects of stress. Even a simple exercise routine had been regarded as vital in managing mental fitness.
The physical activities have been shown to be very effective in minimizing fatigue, improving levels of concentration and alertness, and raising the total cognitive function of a person who had been stressed. This had been proven true especially to people who had been unable to concentrate anymore.
When stress attacks the brain alongside its many connections, the body is also affected and feels the brunt of the impact of stress. With exercise, one of the easiest forms of physical activities, one can produce endorphins.
These are the brain’s natural painkilling chemicals that improve and reduce the effects of stress on the brains. A low to moderate intensity in the workout can produce the needed endorphins to lessen the stress level.
Meditation, yoga, and massage
Other forms of stress-killers are meditation, massage therapy, acupuncture or even controlled breathing (in the practice of meditation or yoga) can have the benefit of producing endorphins. With lesser tension, moods can be elevated and stabilized while improving sleep and self-esteem.
Physical activity, even simple exercise routines, fights stress in more ways than one. First, the raising of the heart rate actually reverses the damage done to the brain due to stress. This damage is usually on memory when you forge things when stressed.
Exercise also promotes the production of neuro-hormones related to cognitive functions, learning, and elevated moods. With exercise, research had shown that it can make one smarter.
Since it can be hard to get into a good exercise, start with one that you love the most.