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Stress-Free Living: Tips for Avoiding, Preventing, and Curing Stress

Dr. Mike Evens is the founder and CEO of the Reframe Health Lab, and one day he and his family went to France. It was during the UEFA World Cup Footfall, and in many bars, the tension among the supporters was high when a game was played.

Fascinated by human behavior, he found it just as amusing to watch the game as the people who watched it. In fact, he wondered whether the stress that a match brings to the supporters could affect their health.

Once back from vacation, he found a study that had been done in 1996 during the Dutch and French football match. This match was important for the supporters because it would be decided who would come in the semi-final round. What made this match extra exciting was that penalties would eventually determine the result.

Researchers have been able to show that the chance of a heart attack on that day among the Dutchmen had increased by 50%. It was remarkable that this was not the case for the French and also not for both the Dutch and the women. Stress, therefore, has an evident influence on our health.

The complexity of stress

When we talk about stress, our body and mind respond to it. Hard to suppress physical symptoms like: "The body and mind react to stress:

  1. Your blood pressure rises

  2. Your heart rate goes up

  3. Your hormone regulation gets disrupted

  4. Your immune system is getting weaker

Mentally, stress also has demonstrable consequences. Namely:

  1. You become less resilient

  2. Your problem-solving ability is diminishing

Many additional effects of prolonged increased stress are:

  1. Excessive alcohol and drug use

  2. Reduced attention to ap