Being in stressful situations can cause your blood pressure to increase. This is because your body reacts to the stress by releasing stress hormones into the blood. This is why you sometimes feel your heart beating faster during periods where you may be stressed, or nervous, such as when you about to give a presentation to an important client, or when you are sitting for an examination.
On its own, stress isn’t always a bad thing. The right amount of stress can even elevate performance levels. However, chronic stress can be harmful.
One simple way to reduce stress is to avoid everyday situations that unnecessarily agitate you. Do you always get angry on your morning commutes because you are rushing to get to work on time? If so, try to leave your home 10 minutes earlier.
For stressful situations that are unavoidable, being aware helps. If you know a colleague gets you riled up each time the person (rudely) demands for help, being aware of it can help you manage your reaction and emotions, thus transforming a potentially stressful situation into a harmless one.
For other ways to manage your stress, watch our AIA LIVE Matters session – Managing Stress for a Happier You