Sailing through stress

In today’s world, there’s no escaping the stress caused by work, kids, goals, deadlines, and expectations. These hounding responsibilities only seem to increase and continue to make you anxious. After a long day at work, your to-do list seems to be an ongoing matter through the evening. There’s no denying that stress has become a part of our daily lives. Anxiety is a fact of life, but if you start believing that you need to stress to be able to function well, you’re wrong. While there are several triggers that can cause stress, the most common factor is striving to meet the expectations of others.

Reaction to stress

Some may seem negative and dissatisfied; others may react abruptly, or some may just hold it within them until they reach a breaking point. Everyone tends to react differently to anxiety and stress due to the way their nervous system functions and their body hormones. In science terms, the hormone secretion is controlled by the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis of the adrenal gland. When in stress, the adrenal glands secrete a dominant hormone called cortisol. It not only has the capability to mobilize your body, but also to provide the energy required to overcome the root cause. Apart from cortisol, the adrenal glands also produce adrenaline, aldosterone, and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) hormones which directly impact the production and utilization of energy by your body.

Cortisol levels are usually higher in the morning and drop through the rest of the day. As stress increases, the level rises again and results in weight gain, fat accumulation, increased appetite, water retention, impaired memory and learning ability, and impaired immune function. If you are unable to manage your stress levels and if it continues to increase your cortisol levels, it may lead to a reduction in dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) levels. This can directly impact bone and muscle mass, menstrual dysfunction aging concerns, rheumatoid arthritis, atherosclerosis, and Alzheimer’s disease.

As for those affected by chronic stress, it can cause adrenal exhaustion. Your hormones stop responding to stress and can cause a complete disruption of all hormonal processes in the body. It doesn’t stop there; it can also affect sex hormones metabolism. In women, due to the lack of progesterone, the ovaries will start to produce more testosterone. You’ll start noticing acne, hairiness and can eventually lead to cysts in the ovaries.

The negative effects of fluctuating cortisol levels don’t end there. It can adversely affect your pancreas and increase blood sugar levels. Now that we better understand the stress and its side effects, let’s take a look at an effective cure. No matter what we try, there’s no way of eliminating stress from your daily life. But, the good news is that you can always learn to deal with and let it not affect your health adversely.

How does sailing help deal with stress?

If you have never tried sailing retreat, you must. It’s one of the best cures to deal with stress. Experience sailing through the pristine clear waters and exploring the gorgeous landscapes. Sailing has both physical and psychological benefits. This is one adventure that positively impacts the quality of life and develops mental strength. Here’s an interesting fact for you, a recent study has proven that the smell of saltwater can help reduce stress by 17%! Your daily challenges are replaced by the soothing sounds of water. We are not saying that with sailing you’ll have no stress, there will be highly pressured circumstances and challenges, but you’ll learn to be mentally strong and overcome them. Spending time away from your daily routine, enjoying the splashing water brings about mental wellness, peace, and relaxation that has a positive impact on your hormones and the brainwave patterns.

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