Figures Health and Fitness personal trainers Natasha Askin and Katie Reardon said exercise decreases stress hormones.
Figures Health and Fitness personal trainers Natasha Askin and Katie Reardon said exercise decreases stress hormones.

Taking the pressure down

THE stress of our everyday lives is something that can affect us not only mentally but physically as well.

There is a lot more pressure on us to perform at work or school, as well as financial worries and family and relationship problems.

Divorce, bereavement, unemployment and moving house are other issues that cause us to stress.

Many of us will recognize the symptoms of stress in our daily lives such as exhaustion, sleeplessness and feelings of alarm, frustration and anxiety.

There are many different ways to manage stress such as setting realistic goals and changing how you look at different situations.

Stress is caused by the body’s instinct to defend itself and while this is good in emergency situations it can cause unhealthy physical symptoms if it goes on for too long.

There are many ways you can deal with stress at home such as trying to have a positive outlook on life and taking time out to relax. Many people are seeking out alternative therapies to deal with stress and get back to basics.

Acupuncturist Jodie Hammett said acupuncture is great for regulating and healing the body.

“It is like having time out while you are having the treatment as you lie there and relax for about an hour,” Jodie said.

“I focus on the primary area where the person is feeling the stress as well as a few other key places on the body,” she said.

Stress can weaken the immune system and can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. Gabriela Wolman of Gladstone Hatha Yoga said many people do yoga for relaxation.

“Stretching and toning is great for stress. The concentration is on the breath and it slows the mind down,” Gabriela said.

“Stress is often built up by a number of small things. Bowen Therapist Peter Lanzon said Bowen Therapy progressively relaxes muscles causing the mind and body to relax.

“It provides a restoration of proper circulation giving well being and relaxation so one can deal with life peacefully,” Peter said.



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