Stress activates the fight or flight mechanism, where the blood that's normally in your brain, organs and immune system is directed into the arms and legs, readying you to fight or flee. Chronic stress keeps the body in this state, which eventually has a major effect on the ability of your immune system to keep you healthy.
Here are some tips to manage stress:
1. Don't be so hard on yourself.
Self-judgement causes much stress. It's easy for many of us to blame outside situations for our stress, such as others' rude, blaming or angry behaviour, or things not going our way. But the truth is that most stress is caused by how we treat ourselves. If you start to notice what stresses you, you'll discover that judging yourself is a major cause of anxiety and stress.
Try practising being compassionate toward yourself for being human, rather than judging yourself or others for mistakes or failures, or for others' rejecting behaviour toward you. Continue reading.
Originally posted on Mind,Body,Green.