Stress is considered to be the health pandemic of the 21st century. And with many of us overwhelmed with modern daily life, it’s easy to see why. We are trying to balance work, home, fitness, and our social lives, and there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to do it all.
Add to that an international pandemic, endless social media access that has us constantly comparing ourselves to others, and big changes to our working lives (many of us now working remotely, away from the familiarity of the office), it can often feel like too much to cope with.
The 3rd November was Stress Awareness Day, and we want to help by informing you on the consequences stress can have – and how you can help relieve yourself of it.
Chronic Stress and its Negative Impact on Our Health
Stress can be healthy in small amounts, but the problems arise when we feel too much for too long. It might seem like a normal, everyday part of our lives, but the fact is that it can have a hugely negative impact on our health.
Stress can manifest physically as much as any other illness. Cortisol, the stress hormone, can play havoc with our minds and bodies if there is too much of it coursing through us. Chronic stress can do further damage, causing illnesses that can affect our mood, sleep and health.
Clearly, it is a far more serious condition than many of us realise.
The Art of Yang Sheng
Many of us need to focus on relieving our stress to reduce the negative and often damaging side effects it can cause. Fortunately, there are some very simple techniques that we can use to do exactly that.
Yang Sheng – which translates to ‘nurture life’ – is an arm of Chinese medicine with incredible ancient techniques that can help you cope with stress. And the best part is they can all be done in the comfort of your own home, in just a few short minutes.
Gua Sha, Qigong and Chinese breathing techniques are just some of the things you can do to release tension from the body and bring your mind to peace.
For more information on combatting stress, download my Stress Masterclass.
You can also check out my free Stress Guide by clicking here. And don’t forget, you can also join me in a free Qigong sessions each Tuesday & Thursday at 7am on Instagram – @katie_brindle.
Until next time! This is your reminder to take 5 minutes out of your day to allow yourself to relax – you deserve it!
If you would like to know more about Yang Sheng, click here for my best-selling book.