We’re always told to spring into action right away in order to
lower our stress levels and thus fend off the many health complications
associated with chronic stress — you know, high blood pressure, high cholesterol
levels, high blood sugar, heart attack, stroke, anxiety, depression.
But just because something is making us feel like we’re less
stressed than before doesn’t mean right away that we’re doing the right thing. There
are healthy ways to deal with stress as there are unhealthy ways to cope with
it, and this article will focus on those that can do more harm than good.
Needless to say, the ones that you will come across below should be avoided at
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Many people swear by the stress-relieving properties of cigarette
smoking. That’s really weird because nicotine obtained from cigarettes is a
stimulant, which can cause even more stress and tension.
But whether it can relax or cause further stress is not really the
cause for concern. Everyone knows for a fact that cigarette smoking is a major
risk factor for lung cancer and cardiovascular disease — having these serious
health nightmares can definitely cause massive amounts of stress.
Lots of Alcohol
A lot of stressed individuals turn to excessive amounts of alcohol
in order to deal with their excessive amounts of stress. Since alcohol can
depress the nervous system, it can in fact help to get the mind and body
Unfortunately, consuming lots of alcohol at night in order to
catch some Z’s won’t help to lower one’s stress levels — having alcohol in your
system can keep you from enjoying a restorative kind of sleep, thus you wake up
the following day feeling worn out and stressed still. And by the way, the
health complications associated with excessive alcohol intake will surely keep
you from having a stress-free existence.
Prescription or Illegal Drugs
Some people turn to prescription medications such as painkillers,
muscle relaxants, sleeping pills and anti-anxiety medications for stress relief.
However, this unhealthy approach to dealing with stress could cause all sorts
of serious issues when it’s time to quit taking them and also as soon as the
known health risks are already around.
Instead of OTC or prescription medications, there are those that
turn to illegal drugs in order to attain much-needed relief from too much
stress. However, going against the law and landing in jail will certainly cause
lots of unnecessary stress.
If you think that being hooked on food rather than alcohol and
drugs in order to manage stress is healthier, better think again. Sooner or
later, it’s for certain that the many dangers of turning to excessive food
intake will make their presence known.
Most especially if you stuff your face with unhealthy types of
food, it’s for certain that it won’t take long before problems that can leave
you even more stressed will come your way. Some of them include obesity, sleep
apnea, high blood pressure, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, anxiety and
Nothing at All
Engaging in the above-mentioned unhealthy ways to cope with stress
is just as bad for you as not doing anything at all to get your mind and body
relaxed in order to lower the levels of stress hormones in your bloodstream.
Needless to say, it’s a good idea for you to spring into action
without delay and partake in healthy ways to deal with stress. It’s virtually
impossible for you to run out of something new to try each time — just about
anything that can relax your mind and body without any unfavorable consequence
can be considered as a healthy stress-relieving activity.