Stress isn’t always bad. In small doses, it can help you perform under pressure and motivate you to do your best. But when you’re constantly running in emergency mode, your mind and body pay the price. If you frequently find yourself feeling frazzled and overwhelmed, it’s time to take action to bring your nervous system back into balance. You can protect yourself by making sure you eat three or four healthy meals a day, starting with breakfast that will slowly release energy throughout the morning and keep you feeling awake. Start your day with some exercise; it could be could be anything from a brisk walk, a swim, a visit to the gym or even some exercises at home. In fact, it will give you that extra kickstart of energy that you need to carry you through the day. You should also try and avoid sugary drinks and caffeine.
Stress is a normal physical response to events that make you feel threatened or upset your balance in some way. When you sense danger, whether it’s real or imagined, the body's defences kick into high gear in a rapid, automatic process known as the ‘fight-or-flight’ reaction or the stress response. Recognise the signs and symptoms of stress and take steps to reduce its harmful effects. The stress response is the body’s way of protecting you. When working properly, it helps you stay focused, energetic and alert. In emergency situations, stress can save your life, giving you extra strength to defend yourself. The stress response also helps you rise to meet challenges. Stress is what keeps you on your toes during a presentation at work, sharpening your concentration or drives you to study for an exam. But beyond a certain point, stress stops being helpful and starts causing major damage to your health, your mood.