DAY 3 – STRESS IS BAD
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Stress is something everyone grapples with, to one degree or another. The regular instructions of “you have to reduce stress” are not really helpful, because most people just don’t know where to start. Or how stressed they actually are. We aren’t talking about the one-off stressful day or a short-term event to deal with – we are talking long-term stress, more than a couple of weeks.
How stress affects the immune system
* Increase in stress produces increases in stress hormones (particularly cortisol). Excess cortisol supresses the immune system which results in reduced ability to fight infection and heal wounds.
When you think on it though, you will know that you have something that shows up when you’re getting over-stressed. Maybe your eye starts twitching (at really awkward moments), or you find that you start getting fungal sores. Maybe you start waking up between 1 and 3am, or waking at 4am and can’t go back to sleep.
What ever your telltale sign is, take note of it – your body is telling you that you need to put the brakes on. The next step is your body shutting down to force you to stop – a.k.a. getting sick.
Whilst fixing the stressful environments in your life may take some time, there are some small things you can do which may help a lot.
SOME THINGS YOU COULD DO:
* Learn to say “no”. Here are some good tips.
* Learn to breathe properly
* Learn to take 5 minutes to relax
Open your workbook up to day 3, I’ve got some helpful hints on how to breath and how to find 5 minutes to relax.