1 September 2017
Stress Management – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Wendy Hughes
Stress management is something we often hear about in our day to day lives and there are many options that you can choose from to enhance your well-being by reducing stress and building resilience.
A recent Harvard Medical School – Special Health Report cites that we all have the same physiological response to stress: a rush of natural chemicals in the body instantly increases our strength and senses which makes us take action.
A steady stream of chronic stressors such as traffic hassles, work deadlines, bills and many other daily occurrences, tend to erode your mental and physical health. Numerous studies link chronic stress to major killers like heart disease and stroke. There are other common physical manifestations of stress that we all experience at some time in our lives such as headaches, back pain, sleeping disturbances, bowel discomfort and anxiety issues.
The physiological response to stress can work in our favour. The strong connection between mind and body and our awareness of this, ensures we are able to access the relaxation response and build resilience.
What is the relaxation response? This response puts your body in a calm, relaxed state—the opposite of the stress response. There are many ancient and modern techniques that can evoke this response including meditation, prayer, walking, connection with family or friends.
What is resilience? This refers to the ability to adapt to and recover from stress and other problems. While not necessarily a trait you either have or don’t have, building resilience is something you can develop. The techniques used to enhance the relaxation response can help build resilience and are key to managing stress. The Special Health Report states we should “ think of this as a simple ratio: stress is the top number (the numerator) and resilience is the bottom number (denominator). The more you reduce stress and increase resilience, the less vulnerable you will be to stress-related illnesses.”
For more information about these activities, please call one of our helpful and experienced consultants on 1300 112 334.
* A Harvard Medical School – Special Health Report :- Stress Management Gregory Fricchione, MD, Director, Division of Psychiatry and Medicine Director, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital.