We have all
experienced stress at some point in our lives but what actually is stress? The
definition of stress is “A state of
mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding
While the majority
of cardiac arrests are caused and explained by underlying issues such as heart
disease, there has been recent research that shows emotional stress could be a
trigger for unexplained cardiac arrests (called idiopathic ventricular
fibrillation). Just under half of those surveyed experienced a stressful event
during the 24 hours before going into cardiac arrest and the majority of
survivors said they had experienced significant amount of stress in the 6
months prior to their heart trouble.
be brought on by a number of situations or circumstances, these include:
partners, children or other family members.
not everyone realises when they are stressed. In many cases people around you
can pick up the signs of increased tension well before you might notice
yourself. Everyone is different, but there are some symptoms and signs that you
could be stressed.
only the negative
or a short temper
So now we
know what causes stress and also the symptoms of stress, what can we do to
Exercising to help stress
seem a bit cliché but exercise is great for avoiding stress, when you exercise
your body releases chemicals called endorphins, they react with receptors in
your brain that work to reduce your perception of pain. They also trigger a
positive feeling in the body similar to that of morphine. Not only can exercise
reduce stress, but it can also lower the risk of the following:
heart disease and stroke
So what kind
of exercise can you do to reap the benefits of this? Moderate-intensity aerobic
exercise is best, this means you are working your body hard enough to raise
your heart rate and break a sweat.
this exercise are:
a lawn mower
important to make time for activities, if you would usually drive to your local
shop then walk instead. Even relatively small changes really can make a great
difference to your wellbeing.
Accepting the things you can’t change will help with stress
to avoid stress is to stop trying to control everything. Not everything in life
is under your control, and once you learn to accept this and let it go, you can
reduce the stress in your life. Instead, focus on the things you can control
i.e. the way you react to situations or people.
Mental Attitude. Looking on the brightside goes a long way to avoiding stress,
if you are going through a tough time try and look at the positives of the
situation e.g. character building, making you a stronger person etc. If the situation
you are in is your own doing, then reflect on where you went wrong and use this
experience to grow as a person.
this is a tough for a lot of people, but holding onto anger and resentfulness
is only harming yourself. Letting go of these resentments will remove the
negative energy that has built up.
healthy, well-balanced diet is the key to a stress free life. Make sure you
start the day with breakfast; porridge or oat-based cereals like muesli are
great for this, as they are slow-energy release foods. This means they keep you
fuller for longer, with the result that you are less likely to snack or binge
on something naughty before lunch. If you do need to snack, you can add fruit
like blueberries for natural sugar and a great source of antioxidants.
on caffeine and sugar is also a great way to reduce any lows. Both create great
temporary highs however, the come down in mood and energy can make you become dependent
on these, sugar especially.
too much sugar leads to weight gain which not only add physical stress onto
your body, but also emotional. Not only that, it can create sleep problems as
well, which is detrimental to wellbeing and stress levels.
replace sweets and chocolates with fruit (dried or fresh) and nuts while caffeine
can be replaced with water. The benefits are huge, as even if you are just 5%
dehydrated it can affect your concentration and capacity for work by 30%, which
can lead to mistakes or in extreme examples, accidents.
We hope that
you find this article useful, you can find out more about reducing stress and a
healthy lifestyle by visiting the NHS website.
ESE Direct supply AED’s which can be
used in the event of a cardiac arrest and increase survival rate, especially if
you are in a rural area. You can speak to our friendly customer service team on
0808 250 6661 or speak to them online using LiveChat on www.esedirect.co.uk.