Manage Your Stress Chapter 24
- Manage Your Stress (VIDEO)
- What Is Stress?
- Fight Or Flight (VIDEO)
- Stress vs. Rest
- The Stress Response
- Stressed Out! Signs & Symptoms
- Chronic Stress
- Stress Takes a Toll (VIDEO)
- Stress Harms the Heart & Blood Vessels
- Stress & The Growing Brain (VIDEO)
- Stress Harms the Brain & Nerves
- Stress Harms the Immune System
- Stress Causes Psychological Problems
- Stress & Epigenetics (VIDEO)
- Your Genes Are Affected by Stress
- Inheriting Stress (VIDEO)
- Stress & Aging (VIDEO)
- Stress Makes You Age Faster
- How Stressed Out Are You?
- Coping with Stress (VIDEO)
- Beat Stress with Friendship & Community
- Beat Stress with Healthier Foods
- Beat Stress with Better Sleep Habits
- Beat Stress with Exercise
- Meditation (VIDEO)
- Beat Stress with Mindful Awareness
Beat Stress with Exercise
Image Caption : Vigorous exercise can lower blood cortisol levels and trigger the release of feel-good neurotransmitters
Endorphins, the body's home-grown pain relievers, are known to block pain signals to the brain, which brings about their feel-good effect. Just as endorphins are the body's version of morphine, endocannabinoids are its homemade version of the active ingredient in cannabis, or marijuana. Both are released into the bloodstream in great volume after intense aerobic exercise. Both bring about feelings of euphoria, calm and well-being. Exercise improves mood and controls anxiety in other ways. It unleashes the calming neurotransmitters serotonin, which regulates anxiety, and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which inhibits neural activity in the brain. A study of subjects over 50 who had been diagnosed with major depressive disorder established three research groups. One group started an aerobic exercise training program. A second took the antidepressant medication Zoloft. The third group combined the two interventions-some exercise and Zoloft. After 16 weeks, all three groups showed improvement in their depression symptoms. The group taking the drug had more immediate improvement, but by the end of the research period it was clear that the exercise-only group had improved just as much as the other two. Exercise may be the best anti-stress prescription of all!
Also called: Psychological stress
Everyone feels stressed from time to time. Not all stress is bad. All animals have a stress response, and it can be life-saving. But chronic stress can cause both physical and mental harm.
There are at least three different types of stress:
- Routine stress related to the pressures of work, family, and other daily responsibilities
- Stress brought about by a sudden negative change, such as losing a job, divorce, or illness
- Traumatic stress, which happens when you are in danger of being seriously hurt or killed. Examples include a major accident, war, assault, or a natural disaster. This type of stress can cause post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Different people may feel stress in different ways. Some people experience digestive symptoms. Others may have headaches, sleeplessness, depressed mood, anger, and irritability. People under chronic stress get more frequent and severe viral infections, such as the flu or common cold. Vaccines, such as the flu shot, are less effective for them.
Some people cope with stress more effectively than others. It's important to know your limits when it comes to stress, so you can avoid more serious health effects.
NIH: National Institute of Mental Health
theVisualMD Wishes to Thank our Scientific Collaborators:
- Deepak Chopra, MD
- Jeremy Geffen, MD
Oncologist and author
- Tereza Hubkova, MD
Canyon Ranch, Lenox, MA
- Mark Liponis, MD
Corporate Medical Director, Canyon Ranch
- Keith Paine
Co-Founder, Nimble Fitness, New York
- Candace Pert, PhD
Neuroscientist and author
- Daniel J. Siegel, MD
Interpersonal Neurobiologist UCLA School of Medicine/Mindsight Institute
- Hugh S. Taylor, MD
Fertility Specialist Yale School of Medicine
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