Stress Reduction Techniques

Stress is a common aspect of everyone’s life.  There is no way around it, everyone has stress. There is however, stress reduction techniques that can be done.  The best thing to learn to do is how to manage stress.  We will go through 3 stress reduction techniques because there are 3 types of stress; chemical, emotional, and physical stress.  Chemical stress is anything that you put in or on your body.  This is food, drugs, lotions, and soft drinks.  Emotional stress is anything and everything from work related stress to stress with the family and paying the bills.  Physical stress is when you are physically doing activity to the body, examples include; sitting with poor posture, wearing high heels, lifting weights, running, and getting punched just to name a few.  There are good and bad types of each type of stress meaning they can either positively affect your body or cause negative side effects.  These side effects are serious.  Stress not only makes people unhappy, it actually is causing physical conditions such as depression, heart disease, and infectious disease.  Research being done in Carnegie Mellon University shows that when stressed it inhibits the body’s ability to control the inflammatory response.   Inflammation is usually controlled by the hormone cortisol but when cortisol is not allowed to perform its job, inflammation can get out of control.  There is a similar relationship present with diabetes.  When someone abuses sugars and doesn’t watch what they eat, they cause large amount of insulin to be secreted.  When the body starts to get used to high levels of insulin, it decreases the sensitivity to insulin and causes...