What is stress?

Stress may be a fact of nature during which forces from within or outside world affect the individual, either one’s emotional or physical well-being, or both. The individual responds to worry in ways in which affect the individual, also as their environment. thanks to the overabundance of stress in our modern lives, we usually consider stress as a negative experience, but from a biological point of view, stress is often a neutral, negative, or positive experience.

In general, stress is said to both external and internal factors. External factors include the physical environment, including your job, your relationships with others, your home, and every one the situations, challenges, difficulties, and expectations you’re confronted with on a day today. Internal factors determine your body’s ability to reply to and affect, the external stress-inducing factors. Internal factors that influence your ability to handle stress include your nutritional status, overall health and fitness levels, emotional well-being, and therefore the amount of sleep and rest you get.

Are you stressed? READ!!

Reading, particularly without distractions allows your mind to immerse itself during a different world. It doesn’t appear to matter whether you’re reading fiction or non-fiction. As you enter another world your brain concentrates on only this and allows everything else to fade into the background. this enables the remainder of your body to relax, helped by the very fact that reading is generally accomplished whilst sitting down. As muscles relax and your heart beats slower the extent of cortisol (the stress hormone) in your system lowers and stress levels drop.

How to make it really work.

Choose your own adventure. When choosing your reading, ask yourself what genre suits your mood today. Consult your own bookshelf, your local library, or get an e-book from the web over the weekend – and begin reading on Monday!
Find the time and place. you’ll always drop everything and devour a book, but by setting aside a couple of minutes and designating an area to read, it’ll be easier to flee into your story.
Concentrate and focus. Don’t listen to music, don’t read with the TV on, don’t read with people around. Make it the only thing you’re doing – this is just reading time.
Don’t let go yet. After reading, dedicate a couple of more minutes to let what you read sink in.

Additional resources: Medicinenet