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What Is Stress?

Stress is the result of an individual’s exposure to the elements. Stress occurs when the body’s needs are not met and when the body no longer has an adequate level of oxygen or nutrients.

When we have an immune response, or stress, our bodies send signals to our bones to stop or reduce bone-sparing reactions and stimulate the growth of cells that help the bones do what they do best. When the body experiences a prolonged low level of oxygen, you experience increased fatigue, increased heart-beat rate, and decreased blood flow. The result can be a painful, stressful, or even life-threatening condition called acute respiratory distress.

The body uses adrenaline as a stress-response system to increase a person’s level of alertness and energy during hard-to-manage times. Adrenaline stimulates the body to keep the heart pumping, and increases the blood flow back through the heart. The body also pumps blood to the entire body at a rate that prevents the lungs from shutting down.

An increase in adrenaline occurs when it is necessary to calm the body to manage an acute situation by decreasing the blood pressure, easing pain and tension, restoring the body’s energy to function normally, and reducing a person’s level of stress. 

When you experience a lack of oxygen, your body’s stress response system kicks into action to deliver necessary oxygen and nutrients to the brain and body. In these instances, the heart, lungs, and bloodstream stop pumping blood to the extremities. Since the extremities and organs are the first to be affected by an illness or crisis, the first order of business is to get their oxygen and nutrients. The adrenal cortex of the brain receives signals from the body’s stress-response system and signals the body to increase the activity of certain stress hormones so that the body is able to function at the most optimum level for the body’s needs. This process may take a long time, and a person may be exhausted and fatigued during this time.

The stress response system is also responsible for reducing heart rate and blood pressure, while calming areas of the body that are in high-demand. If there isn’t enough available oxygen, then the stress response system will stop producing adrenaline. Once stress is diminished, the heart will slow down, and an individual may get better faster if oxygen is replenished.

Stress can also cause you to think, or be distracted. Thinking and being distracted will lead to a loss of concentration or a loss of focus. When you are focused, you will be able to make better decisions or focus on important information or tasks.

To help you with stress and anxiety, we’ve put together a list of information that can assist you in reducing stress and anxiety.

How to Help Reduce Stress

Reduce your stress by focusing on something that is important to you. 

Get lots of sleep. Sleep is a natural natural stress reducer. Try not to force yourself to sleep. Give yourself a couple of hours of sleep each night.

Make it a point to avoid or reduce social situations that cause stress. Stress, anxiety, and depression are often the result of negative social interactions.

Get plenty of sunlight. 

The amount of light exposure you get each day is very important. Get out in an area at least an hour a day of sunlight in the morning. The light can help you feel more alert, and reduce stress and anxiety. A strong body temperature helps your adrenal glands function to help improve stress reactions, the stress response, and the blood flow to your extremities and organs.

Get plenty of exercise. 

Exercise is very beneficial for your body. In fact, exercise is one of the best stress reducers you can do. Exercise is one of my top 5 stress reducers as a general recommendation. However, I know that not everyone who is active can exercise.