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Have you ever had a temporary sensation where your heart will start to race, your chest tightens and you have a lump in your throat? If you've experienced any of these feelings, you're not alone.
When under stress, the body naturally releases the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. "This sensation is also known as the fight-or-flight response. These feelings may be activated if your loved one is emotionally or physically hurt or if you're thinking about finances or even family issues," stated Dr. Alshafie Hassan, an internal medicine physician at Sharp Rees-Stealy Otay Ranch.
A recent study showed that cortisol levels could remain elevated in healthy individuals for up to an hour after performing a stressful task that lasts 15 minutes. "With daily stressors constantly in our lives, imagine how high your cortisol level could be after worrying for an hour or more about a family member in the hospital," Dr. Hassan added.
Dr. Hassan recommends these four stress-busting techniques to help provide on-the-spot relief for any level of stress you are experiencing.
Learn how to turn your stress into success at Sharp Weight Management and Health Education's Coping With Life: Stress Management class. In this 90-minute class, you will learn how to better identify and characterize your sources of stress and discover new, more productive skills for stress management and personal well-being. Register online or call 1-800-82-SHARP (1-800-827-4277).
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