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How to Cope With Stress

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People carry their stress in different parts of their body and knowing how to relieve yourself of this tension is extremely important for your physical health. The stress response in your body is not meant to be working at all hours of the day and it’s not healthy to constantly feel stressed out. Stress is one of the biggest health issues trending in America, so it can be discouraging when you feel like your mind and body are working against you.

Some people carry their stress in their chest, while others carry it on their shoulders, or in their head. Chronic and constant stress can increase the chances of developing obesity, cancer, or even heart disease, which are all side effects of long-term stress.

Thinking of all the outcomes of stress may cause you to develop even more stress, adding to a never-ending cycle. Tension constantly generating through your body can affect your immune system as well as enhance depression. Everyone has a “stressor“, or anything that forces your body to burn through energy in order to sustain your internal system.

Since stress is something that everyone feels at one point or another, it’s important to know how to cope with it in order to prevent future health issues. Once you find a way to relax and know what works for you, your stress will no longer have control of you. Find what makes you happy and will put your mind at ease, such as; going for a walk on your lunch break, exercise, or learn a form of meditation. Find a way that works for you; everyone is different.

It’s important to know how to relax your body because if you feel a sense of burnout or increase of lacking concentration, your stress levels are already working against you. The body is a machine in which every part needs to be working together, so it is important to know how to take care of it.

A common way to deal with stress is through practicing yoga. Yoga in the park is held in San Diego every Sunday morning at 11 AM and Wednesdays at 6 PM. This Vinyasa style yoga class also features live music that aids in allowing you to relax your mind in a calm environment. You can bring a friend and enjoy quality time together while helping each other destress from a long week, and get ready for what’s ahead.

If meditation and discovering a more spiritual side of you is what calms your mind, explore the meditation gardens in Encinitas. Inspirational activities are held every week, so make sure to check out when you can start exploring this peaceful environment. Learn how to make meditation a part of your healing process when you feel a rush of stress.

No matter how little or big your stress may seem, there is always a way to calm yourself so that you can enjoy every single day. Stress is a part of every single person’s life and there’s no way around it, but reducing stress can help you live a happier and longer life. According to Mental Health America, 70% of the population has physical and mental reactions to stress, and less than 40% feel as if they have it under control. The constant cycle of stress will keep moving forward if you don’t react to your body’s needs because your body shouldn’t be in a constant mode of panic.

Current Physical Therapist graduate student, Briana Kutcher explains that long-term stress can be, “Extremely dangerous because it can be compared to never letting your body and mind rest. We all need to recharge, and it can do tremendous damage to your body. A rise in blood pressure and heart rate are two accurate examples.”

Everyone has stress, and everyone has different ways of dealing with this. Make sure to grab a friend and enjoy an outdoor yoga session, or simply drink a cup of tea while listening to your favorite song. Take control of your stress instead of having your stress control you.

"When asked, 'How do you write?' I invariably answer, 'one word at a time.'"-Stephen King

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