All living beings experience stress. Yes, even bacteria and other micro-organisms. This is because every time a being is threatened in its homeostasis, it has to adapt. And this adaptation process triggers a stress response. A single cell organism might only ‘experience’
The Bad News
It is these hypothetical and frustrating situations that have increased rapidly in our modern society. The threat of a potential break-up can be just as stressful as an actual break-up. If the break-up never occurs, but the potential threat continues to be there, the chronic stress response can lead to long-term health problems.
Different to hypothetical stress but similarly not linked to acute danger is frustration stress. This stress is triggered by disturbing environmental factors. Unluckily
The Good News
Scientists increasingly study the relationship between environmental factors and stress. We know, for example, that blue light disrupts our melatonin production, which can lead to sleepless nights. And research from the World Health Organisation has shown that faint noise pollution can trigger our stress response, even when we don’t consciously hear the sounds.
Luckily scientists have some positive news as well. Research has shown that viewing scenes of nature
So what can we do to decrease these frustrating environmental factors that cause our stress response to
- Turn the lights on your electronics into night mode – even during the day.
- Take a walk during your lunch break, particularly in winter.
- Invest in
noise-cancellingheadphones to use in a busy office or when walking alongside noisy roads.
- Go for long walks in nature at the weekend.
- Bring nature inside by adding some plants to each room.
- Turn your house into a comfy home. Hang up some artwork and tidy up every once in a while.
What are your suggestions for a stress-free environment?