Stress: Suppose you are in a car accident, or someone is attacking you. Your body releases cortisol and adrenaline which help prepare you to cope with such a stressful situation. Scientists call this the “fight or flight” response, which is basically our instinctive reaction to danger. In today’s time our fight or flight responses are released when they really shouldn’t be, examples: Traffic jams, work, family issues, wars, crimes etc…
What happens when these chemicals are released:
- Muscles contract to protect the body from injury
- Metabolism speeds up to provide energy and strength
- Heart rate rises
- Rapid breathing
- Pupils dilate and senses become more aware
- Blood can clot more quickly because arteries constrict.
Nature has provided us with these helpful responses for emergency situations. The problem is that we aren’t fending for food in the forest anymore, we don’t need all these biological responses they same way our ancestors did. Now we get stressed in most situations because we are living life too fast paced and not in the present moment. Road rage is a common term thrown around in today’s time, people are driving these metal machines everywhere and are constantly in that fight or flight state of mind. Heart attacks are on the rise and this is because our biological responses is not being channeled properly. The stress responses our ancestors had when they were fighting a jaguar with a wooden stick we have for being late for work. Can you see the problem here?
Tips to live a stress free life:
- Listen to calming music
- Read a book or crossword puzzle
- Play with a pet
- Stare at the sky for a few minutes
- Be in nature (This one is an absolute must)
- Take 5 long deep breaths
- Take a kickboxing class
- Do yoga
- Sit in complete darkness for 5 minutes
- Turn off cellphones and TV and just think to yourself
- Have a green tea
- Smile at nothing
- Take a cold shower
- Tell your friends and family you love them
- Tell yourself “I love you” (how many times do you say that ?) think about it.
These are some of many examples on how to live stress free. You need to remember that whatever your life situation is, someone has it worse than you and they are coping with it. Then ask yourself if they can cope with it why can’t I? We tend to exaggerate our issues and ignore the positive. Don’t focus on what’s wrong and start focusing on what’s right! You will find with these simple tips you will begin to live a fuller happier life. We only have a short while on this planet so make it worth every moment! Tell your parents and friends you love them. Why not?