Let Stress Work Out Your Immune System
While your are dreaming about removing stress from your lives, have you ever thought that stress, actually, is not all bad?
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), stress can be good for your health. “We do need some levels of stress. The point is, just as if eating, ‘portion’ does matter. Moderate amount of stress indeed is beneficial to our health,” TCM Practitioners said.
In fact, researches and studies have found that those short spurts of stresses, like giving a speech in public or having an exam, can help people enhance memory, perform tasks more efficiently, and even strengthen immune system. In a nutshell, these kinds of stresses are considered to be “good stress”—stress that activates our “fight or flight” hormones and helps us survive.
The truth is, when our brain feels either psychological or physical stress, it begins releasing epinephrine, norepinephrine, and cortisol into our body, making our blood pressure and blood glucose higher, heartbeat faster, and senses sharper. “You may call this type of stress a burst of energy that facilitates us do the best,” TCM Practitioners explained.
While stress in short sharp burst can stimulate us and is too good to be eliminated from our lives, some continuous stresses like caring for someone with chronic sickness, or other damaging experiences such as losing a partner can just have the opposite impact. Figures showed that people suffer from stress that lasts for weeks or months are at high risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and even depression. Obviously, this kind of stress is bad stress.
Indeed, life with stress, good and bad, is an unavoidable reality and no one can choose only the good one. “Although we can’t choose, we can control,” TCM Practitioners suggested. “It’s a matter of perception and attitude. Rather than feeling overwhelmed, we may transform the stress energy into a productive action, making it a positive situation. Furthermore, some techniques such as deep breathing, meditation, and exercise also can assist our brain to cope with stress.”
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