An interesting read from The New York Times suggests that chronic stress can cause issues such as insomnia, high blood pressure, depression, metabolic disease, and weight gain that can be related to stress. A lot of people can be oblivious to the effect stress can have on their bodies, but we cannot avoid it. Studies have shown that everyday issues such as a divorce, financial burden, strained relationships, or any life troubles that happen daily can dampen the immune system, cause heart disease, and even premature aging. Dr. Chatterjee, an author, television host, and influential British doctor, suggests that simple breathing exercises, changing sleep and diet routine, and cutting back on social media and cell phone use could help relieve some of the day to day stress. The amount of time we are spending on cellphones today has caused the majority of stress-related issues because we check our phones from the moment we wake up to the moment we go to sleep. We live in a world that we cannot just switch it off, for the majority of us, our cell phones hold our entire lives together. He suggests that people need to be more aware of the damage stress can have on the human body and that doctors should be more aware of simple things that can help their patients.
Let’s get into those steps you can take to reduce stress. Dr. Chatterjee suggests the 3-4-5 breath, which means you breathe in for three seconds, hold it for four seconds, and exhale slowly for five seconds. If you work around computers or have a job that includes technology, try taking a technology-free break, go for a 15-minute walk without your phone. A change in your morning routine could help cut back stress as well. If you are someone who does tend to reach for their phone first thing in the morning, instead, try waking up and drinking a cup of tea, read a couple of pages from a good book, practice yoga, or do a short work out routine. Make doing one activity a day that brings you pleasure your daily priority.
These are just some tips from Dr. Chatterjee that he has found to be helpful for his patients. What do you like to do to cut back stress?
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