From Dr. Mercola:
Stress is a significant health issue, affecting millions of people and contributing to health problems.
Although most people refer to it as psychological stress, the effects are felt throughout your body, affecting your immune system and triggering systemic inflammation, which contributes to numerous different illnesses, including heart disease, stroke, insomnia, weight gain, and an impaired immune system.
“Stress is not a state of mind … it’s measurable and dangerous, and humans can’t seem to find their off-switch.” These words of warning come from renowned author and award-winning neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky in the documentary “Stress: Portrait of a Killer.”1
Stress reduction techniques are designed to help reduce the effects of stress on your body, and therefore improve your health. One strategy becoming more popular today is coloring.
The History of Coloring Famed psychologist Carl Jung used to recommend his patients color to reduce their stress levels and feel calmer.2 Doctors continue to recommend coloring to reduce anxiety in their patients, taking advantage of both the structure and creativity inherent in the activity. The first coloring book was created in 1880 by McLoughlin Brothers, later part of Milton Bradley Company. Their first book, “The Little Folks’ Painting Book,” is credited as the first published coloring book.3 Until 1970, adults were using children’s coloring books if they wanted to enjoy staying within the lines with their children. Dover Publications was the first to publish a book aimed at adults in 1970, “Antique Automobiles,” and has since declared August 2 the National Color Book Day.4 Coloring does the same for children and adults, helping to relieve stressors and encourage creativity. But, not all stress is created equally. Top Five Myths About Stress
Successful stress management will reduce your potential risk for developing specific illnesses, but it depends on using the right information. Operating under the mistaken impression that the myths below are true will reduce the potential you’ll enjoy less stress and better health.
Only when you suffer from major symptoms of stress do you need to pay attention. This statement assumes that stomach acid, headaches, and irritable behavior are all symptoms you can ignore.
You may believe that everyone experiences some degree of stress and these symptoms are to be expected when you live a fast-paced life. Unfortunately, 83 percent of Americans in the workplace feel frazzled and stressed about work issues.5
Yes, more people are experiencing stress. But, just because more people are suffering doesn’t mean that the symptoms should be considered a normal part of life.
If you don’t have symptoms, then you must not be experiencing any stress. The absence of symptoms does not mean the absence of stress. Some medications will reduce the visible symptoms.
Sometimes your stress level is not high enough to produce visible symptoms, but will still trigger inflammation and contribute to illness and disease. Chronic stress triggers chemical and hormone release, similar to that experienced during the fight or flight response.
When your body is exposed