STRESS-Good, Bad and the Ugly

There is good stress and there is bad stress. What is the difference? Well, without any stress at all in our lives we would not be challenged to go to a higher level. We would be bored and lethargic and our brains would make our thinking fuzzy. You see there is a fine balance in the world of stress. Too much and you just want to stop the world and get off for a day and too little and we are not ever going to reach our true potential in life.

When you are stressed a little or a lot, it causes the release of chemicals such as cortisol. This is our bodies stress response and too much of it can wreck havoc and cause many unwanted physical symptoms. It can mess up your blood sugars, cause weight gain, suppress your immune system and cause problems with your cardiovascular system. So in the short term, it is an immediate response to help when you are a little stressed and everything should return to normal, but if your body is constantly in a high stress response these thing will become permanent and can cause diabetes, weight gain and possibly cholesterol problems and heart attacks.

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So we need to get control of whatever stressors in our life we can and find ways to destress in this fast paced society. Take up a class just for fun such as photography or go hiking. The outdoors is a great way to destress. Definitely, turn off your technology (cell phones and computers) if you can for a period of time each day. Meditation of any kind is good for your mind and getting you back on track. Most important is just taking time for yourself every day by taking a long bath or going for a walk.

Long term stress will eventually make you more vulnerable to depression and possibly auto immune diseases such as addison’s disease or diabetes. Once your body has become ill you are in for a life time of physical ailment, so make sure you do not allow this to happen. Monitor your stress levels in any way you can and also eat healthy so that your body is getting the nutrients you need to be physically and mentally at your peak.

Sleep-most refreshing activity

The phrase “sleeping like a baby” is familiar to most of us. However, it seems that as we age, sleeping solid and restfully becomes less of a feat we can accomplish. Maybe because of responsibilities that are on our mind about work and family? Also, sometimes women in menopause will have hot flashes or insomnia that disrupt their rest at night. Sometimes medications can cause insomnia or if you work shift work your body becomes unable to regulate itself because of constantly changing sleeping times.

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I know one thing for sure. If you get a solid 7 or 8 hours of sleep per night, your productivity at work or home will increase, you will feel mentally sharper and more focused and your overall mood will be happier. Also, when you get plenty of uninterrupted sleep your body has a chance to fix itself in areas where you may be physically having challenges. Your immune system will be stronger and your cortisol levels will be more able to remain normal.

How do you manage to get yourself back into this state? Some people use melatonin and it will help them sleep better. Others choose to try products such as CBD full spectrum hemp oil or cannabis oils. You can also seek out using medical cannabis if it is legal in your country. You can use high CBD medical cannabis and it will not only help you sleep, but it may help with other medical conditions such as anxiety. Ask your doctor and if they do not know, then ask to be referred to a medical cannabis clinic where the doctors are trained in use of medical cannabis for many physical and mental ailments.

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I hope this helps you to get back to “sleeping like a baby”!

Laughter is the Best Medicine

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Well, if you are looking for something free to make you feel better then you should go see a good movie in the “comedy” category. You could also get together with some of your friends whose company keeps you upbeat and positive.

It says in the bible “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22

So my advice to you is to try changing your outlook on life (more positive) and laugh more. Sometimes you can watch a comedian or read a joke book. Magazines such as Reader’s Digest usually have a few pages of good “laughter is the best medicine.”

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So, what does laughing do for you physically? It can lower your blood pressure, release endorphins (feel good hormones), decrease your stress hormones (cortisol), boost your T-cells (immune response) and work those abs (abdominal muscles). Lets face it, after a good “belly laugh” we all feel better!