We live in a time where pursuit rules. Chasing money, time, work … We lack a moment to relax, enjoy everyday life and real regeneration. Unfortunately, stress is very often associated with it, which many people cannot cope with. Fortunately, there are several proven, effective, and quick ways to do this.
First, we need to understand the consequences of high levels of stress – especially long-term stress. Because our body usually copes well with the short-term. The hormone cortisol is responsible for the level of stress concentration. Cortisol is produced in the adrenal cortex, and one of its main functions is the regulation of carbohydrate metabolism, including a significant influence on the concentration of blood glucose .
In difficult, stressful situations, cortisol is released in large amounts, and thus, as mentioned above, increases the blood glucose concentration. This results in symptoms such as increased appetite, weight gain, and fat deposition. In addition, stress often causes sleeplessness or lethargy, forgetfulness, pain, migraines and nervousness. This undoubtedly has an impact on our health, and thus on immunity, which is so important nowadays. If we are stressed, we are much more susceptible to viral or bacterial infections.
We should learn to combat stress – find time for self-regeneration to improve the functioning of the body and restore its hormonal balance to the appropriate level:
- First of all, think about what is the trigger, the cause of stress, momentum, and try to eliminate this cause.
- In addition, introduce physical activity tailored to your abilities into your everyday life. These can be walking, stretching exercises or yoga – it is important that it is light or medium-intensity exercise.
- Relax your body and muscles with a massage, for example. The great alternative to classic massage are massage mats, which are one of the most effective forms of deep compression massage. You can use the mat both at home and at work, which will save time and help when you need it. Regular massage is beneficial for the body – it improves blood supply to skin cells, reduces migraine, joint pain and allows you to relax.
- Regular, healthy meals and adequate supplementation, especially vitamin D3.
Remember that if you cannot cope with stress despite the measures taken, it is worth contacting a specialist.
We live in difficult times that expose us to many stressful situations. It is important that we take care of our physical and mental health on an ongoing basis, because a relaxed body and mind will protect us from many negative effects for them. If you are already under stress, react quickly and effectively and don’t let it dominate you. Remember that just 15 minutes of a daily massage, e.g. with a massage mat, is enough to regenerate and maintain the hormonal balance, especially cortisol, at the right level.