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Regular exposure to stress in small quantities can prepare us to handle a big stressful event in our lives. Prepare yourself for stress by self-education about the stressful event, by doing some physically stressful activities like completing a marathon, or something you dread, like giving a speech.
Repeated exposure to mildly stressful conditions can alter your body’s biological response to stress, making you manage stress in a better way.
Resilience is our ability to 'bounce back' from difficult experiences. There are several ways to practice it:
Consistent exercise helps in handling stress by:
Our mind may be the key tool in handling stress. And it needs rest to recover and handle the stressful situation in a better way.
Sudden and acute stress can shutdown our appetite temporarily as a stress-response mechanism, but chronic stress (anxiety, worry) can increase our appetite.
Mindful eating, which involves eating slowly and relishing every bite, while being aware of the food that is going in us, is extremely important. Be present in the moment and savor the food you're eating.
While some stress is essential for human function, chronic stress creates a cascade of physical changes throughout your body:
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Heart disease and strokes are the number one cause of death worldwide. However, almost 80 percent of all cases of cardiovascular disease is preventable.
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Exercise is the one thing that can improve nearly every aspect of your health.
Extensive studies have found that exercise enhances the cardiorespiratory system, increases HDL cholesterol, lowers triglycerides, reduces blood pressure and heart rate, lowers inflammation, and improves blood sugar control.
Research has shown that even a few minutes of exercise leads to benefits.**It’s all about increasing the intensity.**
The ideal exercise for adults are :
For more intense workout sessions, you should aim for:
Exercising may help alleviate anxiety when faced with a sudden, unpredictable shock.
According to research, when we connect with friends, we can handle stress better.
According to a study, spending time in nature, or even just looking at scenes of nature, may help you recover faster from subsequent stressful experiences.