8 Ways to Bust Your Stress NOW!

September 5, 2014 6:46 PM

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Stress is unavoidable and a normal reaction to situations or events that you deem to be a threat, either real or imagined. When a threat is perceived, your nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones then ready the body to take emergency action. Your heart rate increases, blood pressures rises, muscles tighten, breathing gets faster, and your senses become sharper. These changes increase your strength and stamina, speed your reaction time, and enhance your focus -- preparing you to either fight or flee from the danger at hand. This stress response actually helps you to stay focused, alert, energized, and in some cases, alive.

Over time this response might be more automatic as your body is in overdrive. Think about when you go to a busy urban area such as New York City. Honking horns, sirens, and the screech of cars and buses are almost nonstop. I can't walk a block without hearing at least one of those noises. Having bee...

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