With so many diseases being linked to stress, we can add another to the list. It has recently been discovered that Alzheimer’s can be attributed to stress.
According to an article on Business-Standard.com “Feeling stressed out increases the chances of elderly people developing mild cognitive impairment – often a prelude to full-blown Alzheimer’s disease, a study found.” The article continued adding, “Scientists found that highly stressed participants were more than twice as likely to become impaired than those who were not.”
The holiday season is typically a more stressful time for many. For this reason, it is important to remember to incorporate some activities that will allow peace and calm to permeate your being.
A few moments of mindful, conscious breathing, 5 minutes of sitting in silence, a moment here or there, whenever you can fit it in can help keep stress to a minimum this time of year. Exercise and taking a soothing bath or shower have been shown to virtually wash away negative feelings that cause stress. Doing something philanthropic is also a good stress reliever. Turning our thoughts to others, especially during the holidays takes the focus off of our troubles. Volunteering in the kitchen of a homeless shelter is a popular activity this time of year.
Going back to the Business-Standard.com article, one of the authors of the study said that, “perceived stress is the daily hassles we all experience as well as the way we appraise and cope with these events.” They also acknowledged that “perceived stress can be altered by mindfulness-based stress reduction and cognitive-behavioral therapies.”
A little bit of stress in life is to be expected. And learning how to handle stress when it comes up is one of the greatest gifts you could give to another or to yourself.