Stress Part 3
Is about the damage chronic stress has on our bodies, mind, and souls.
So far we have looked at
‘what is stress’
‘how do you handle stress’
‘how everyone’s stress is different’
‘our body’s reaction to stress or our stress response‘
‘some signs and symptoms of stress overload’
and why it is ‘important to know our stress levels and tolerance’.
Long-term exposure to stress has serious health problems.
Chronic stress disrupts almost every system in our body. It
has been known to raise blood pressure, weaken the
immune system, making us sick more than we should be.
Chronic stress increases the risk of heart attacks and
strokes. Has been known to contribute to infertility and will
speed up the aging process, making you look older than you are.
Long-term stress has been known to rewire the brain,
making you vulnerable to anxiety and depression.
Other issues that are exacerbated by stress can include:
~Feeling of pain of any kind, all the time
~ Skin conditions, such as eczema
10 Health Problems Related to Stress:
1.Heart disease – makes it number one.
2.Asthma – Research has shown that kids with stressed out
parents had a substantially higher risk of developing
3.Obesity – With chronic stress the release of
cortisol is higher than normal. Research has found that
people who release higher levels of cortisol seem to despite
fat in the abdomen more than those who do not have high
levels of cortisol released.
4.Diabetes – Research has shown that stress raise the
glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes
5.Headaches – Stress is known to be the most common
trigger for headaches including migraines.
6.Depression and anxiety
7.Gastrointestinal problems – known to make ulcers worse,
contributes to GI problems, such as chronic heartburn
(GERD) and IBS.
8.Alzheimer’s – In a study it was found that
stress worsen Alzheimer’s causing brain lesions to form
more quickly. Reducing stress has the potential to slow
down the progression of Alzheimer’s.
9.Accelerated aging-stress seems to accelerate aging about 9 to 17 additional years.
The body does not distinguish between physical and
psychological threats. To the body they are the same. So if
you have a busy schedule, an argument with a friend, a
traffic jam, or mountain of bills, your body reacts just as
strongly as if you were facing a life-or-death situation.If you
have a lot of responsibilities and worries, your emergency
stress response maybe “on” most of the time.The more your
body’s stress system is activated the harder it is to shut off .
More Things that Chronic Stress does to the Body:
Over activated autonomic nervous system.Symptoms start
out relatively mild, like increased susceptibility to colds,
frequent headaches.Hair loss, Hyperthyroidism, Obsessive-
compulsive or anxiety disorder,Sexual dysfunction,Tooth
and gum disease, and Cancer
It has been estimated that 90% of doctor’s visits are for
symptoms that are at least partially stress-related.
I found a study that was done a few years ago, well 2008,
The study found that not only are women today
experiencing higher stress levels in general than men,
but they’re also more stressed at work: Women also
have a greater tendency to internalize that tension,
causing them to feel more anxious or sad as a result of
stress than men.
While unchecked stress is undeniably damaging, there are many things you can do to reduce its impact and cope with symptoms.
Learn how to manage stress
You may feel like the stress in your life is out of your
control, but you can always control the way you respond.
Managing stress is all about taking charge: taking charge
of your thoughts, your emotions, your schedule, your
environment, and the way you deal with problems. Stress
management involves changing the stressful situation when
you can, changing your reaction when you can’t, taking
care of yourself, and making time for rest and relaxation.
Learn how to relax
You can’t completely eliminate stress from your life, but you
can control how much it affects you.Relaxation
techniques such as yoga, meditation, and deep breathing
activate the body’s relaxation response, a state of
restfulness that is the opposite of the stress response.
When practiced regularly, these activities lead to a
reduction in your everyday stress levels and a boost in your
feelings of joy and serenity. They also increase your ability
to stay calm and collected under pressure.
Learn quick stress relief
Learn about changes you can make in responding to stress
Watch 4-min. video: Quick Stress Relief
Everybody has the power to reduce the impact of stress as
it’s happening in that moment. With practice, you can learn
to spot stressors and stay in control when the pressure
builds. Sensory stress-busting techniques give you a
powerful tool for staying clear-headed and in control in the
middle of stressful situations. They give you the confidence
to face challenges, knowing that you have the ability to
rapidly bring yourself back into balance.