Stress reduction – a healthy lifestyle choice

We are all exposed to stress. Most often, we refer to stress from a negative perspective, but it is good to keep in mind that stress has a purpose. It makes us more awake and alert when something extra is required from our brain or body.

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On the other hand, there is a negative side of stress which occurs when we are exposed to it for a long time, and chances for recovery are lacking. This type of stress has a negative impact on overall health – the heart rate increases and an adrenaline rush, an increased breathing rate and an elevated muscle tension will occur. Over time, this affects both body and mind and could have physical as well as cognitive and psychological consequences.

Recovery is essential to avoid the negative impact of stress. Getting enough sleep, keeping a healthy diet and maintaining physical activity has shown positive effects. It is apparent that different lifestyle factors interact. Thus, a holistic approach will contribute to your overall health and wellbeing.