By Peter Sachford

Everyone knows that stress isn’t good – that it can get on top of us and effect our wellbeing. What most people don’t realise is that stress can effect much more than just our mood or mental state. Stress has been shown to have a detrimental effect on many parts of our body and indeed peoples health in general. Stress is one of the most widespread afflictions in modern life – everyone suffers from it in their day to day lives.

Its because of this that most people don’t recognise stress for what it is until it is effecting their mental and physical health in a negative way. Most people don’t realise they are stressed until it becomes a major issue for them.

Of course some of the effects that stress has effect us on a mental level but it can have an effect all over the body. High blood pressure and heart rate have both been linked to stress so if you find your blood pressure is too high a lot of the time then you should act to reduce the amount of stress you have in your life. This can reduce your health problems and leave you happier and more content.

If you’re wondering about whether or not you should reduce stress in your daily life, the answer is probably yes. Even if you do not feel overly tressed out all that often, stress reduction will still improve your life. Since being too stressed can have major long term effects on your health, this is one case where you’re probably better safe than sorry.

It might seem hard to reduce stress in your daily life, but in reality, it’s not all that hard at all. All you have to do is take a few simple steps to make sure that you are properly dealing with your stress.

Compile a list of things in your life that cause you stress, they might be people, places, or maybe aspects of your job. Nothing is too small or to big to put on this list. Once the list is done, look over it and see if there are items on it that you can remove from your life, or things whose impact you can minimise or maybe you could approach differently.

Obviously you wont be able to elminate everything on your list from your life, there are some things like work that are simply necessary. But there ill be lots of things on your list that you genuinely can address. Doing this, even with only a few of the things on your list, can make all the difference in your stress level.

Relaxation is something that you should add to your schedule on a regular basis. There are few things that reduce your overall stress level like a good time spent relaxing. Therefore, you should set aside a period everyday to relax – and make sure that it’s actually scheduled, after all, you’re doing it for your health.

Exercise is another excellent way to combat stress, it will make you feel better and more confident. It is particularly good because it will make you fitter also, so your health will benefit doubly. If you start reducing your stress level you will see an immediate improvement in your energy, your mood and your health in general. Even if you don’t see an immediate change in your health you will be more confident and better able to deal with problems in your day in a level headed and practical way. Reduce your stress today to feel better tomorrow!

Peter Sachford is the webmaster and operator of FP Health Inc, which is a popular and extensive resource for health information. For more information, plus health links, articles and newsletter go to: