Control the Stress

Too much stress

Stress is defined as the ”response to change“. Every living organism needs stress to survive. Our cell membranes function because they are under stress and stress responses, such as higher blood pressure, a faster heart rate and rapid breathing help us in demanding situations.

It‘s well known that the Fight or Flight mechanism was extremely important to our ancestors. It definitely came in handy when hunting prehistoric creatures which we depended on for food millennia ago.

Of course, the need for stress responses remains today, but stress is a double-edged sword in modern life. Whether you‘re climbing the corporate ladder or sitting stuck in traffic when running late for a dentist‘s appointment, having higher blood pressure and a faster pulse really just works against you in the long-run.

And too much stress can be dangerous. We all have a “stress threshold” that we should not cross. Crossing our stress threshold can cause burnout, ”stress exhaustion“ and can even have acute and life-threatening consequenses.


10 Commandments of Mental Health

Keeping the balance is tough and it‘s important to stay vigilant for your well-being.

The tiny nation of Iceland is one of the happiest in the world. Having gone through very difficult times throughout the ages, with volcanic eruptions and famine being common, Icelanders now enjoy one of the world‘s longest life expectancies at birth.

The Directorate of Health in Iceland has compiled ten very useful guidelines for coping in everyday life. Perhaps it would be wise to consider these for a balanced life.

Reproduced with permission from the Directorate of Health in Iceland

  1. Think positively; it‘s easier
  2. Cherish the ones you love
  3. Continue learning as long as you live
  4. Learn from your mistakes
  5. Exercise daily; it enhances your well-being
  6. Do not complicate your life unnecessarily
  7. Try to understand and encourage those around you
  8. Do not give up; success in life is a marathon
  9. Discover and nurture your talents
  10. Set goals for yourself and pursue your dreams