Stress. Something each individual inevitably falls victim to throughout their career. For some its presence is so strongly felt that it eventually begins to take control of their life. Every decision they make dominated by their increased levels of cortisol. Stress is like that bully on the playground you might have dealt with in school as a child or a coarse coworker in the workplace. As a teenager growing up in today's world I've dealt with both so I'd like to think I know what I'm talking about. For now let's address whatever form of stress you experience as Billy and figure out a way to defeat him together.
"When the hypothalamus identifies a stressor, such as your history teacher announcing a pop quiz, it instructs the pituitary gland to secrete cortisol."
Cortisol is distributed with the use of receptors, which are located almost everywhere in our bodies. It has to bind to the receptors in order to get the job done efficiently. It retreats back to the adrenal glands after your receptors have determined that enough has been released. This act is known as negative feedback.
Cortisol is also required to complete regular body functions on a daily basis. Our cortisol levels peak early in the morning and slowly decline over the course of the day. While we're sleeping cortisol levels begin to rise again in time for the morning. This is the natural rhythm our bodies follow. Our circadian rhythm.
According to a study conducted by Dr. Richard House, a British psychologist, young adults check their phone an average of 85 times a day. Now of course when the majority of young adults pick up their device its to use social media. Something about a notification lighting up our phone screens is irresistible. We need to know why Becky texted us. Does she want to hang out? What does her new haircut look like? Does she think we need a haircut? Its common culture. A force of habit.
I won't delve into whether social media is beneficial or socially stunting and comment on millennials and our 'addiction' to technology. I will, however, say that if we're checking our phones that often we might as well download apps that help us as individuals. Meditation has lots of potential but its not everyone's cup of tea. So, for the modern spirit, here are ten apps that can help you cope with everyday stress and anxiety.
The Worry Box: Free
This app enables you to lock all your worries away into a password protected box. It'll also help you decide if your problems are uncontrollable or controllable and how you can think of those problems in a more positive light, or solve them, respectively. Unfortunately for iPhone users this app is only available to Android at the moment. I think that a worry box is a very cool concept though so I encourage you to make your own out of a shoe box or whatever you have lying around. Stash it away in your closet and you have the same effect. Excuse me as I make several.
Get it on Google Play
Anxiety Reliever: Free for download with the ability to
upgrade to premium for a $5.99 monthly fee/ $2.99 per audio session
Anxiety Reliever works for multiple forms of anxiety and helps with negative thoughts as well. The app provides multiple tips to deal with anxiety, a tracker, a breathe tool, supportive messages, and audio sessions. All in all the app can be compared to that one friend who you always run back to for advice. Its like a warm hug. Unless you don't like hugs. Available for both Android and iPhone.
Get it on Google Play Download on the App Store
Acupressure: Heal Yourself:$2.79