Stress Part 3

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’.

Some of the Effects that Chronic Stress have on the Body:

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

~Heart problems

~Digestive problems


~Sleep problems

~Autoimmune diseases

~ 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.

10.Premature death

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.

Dealing with stress and its symptoms

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.


Published by: Encouraging Health & Wellness

Encouraging Health & Wellness by Sarah My goal is to encourage health & wellness for body, mind, & soul to everyone I meet. Including myself, my family, & my friends. Melt Away Moments by Melody To make all natural products with quality ingredients at affordable price. To help encourage health & wellness for body, mind, & soul in all.

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