Stress can be damaging to the body in many ways. It is an overlooked cause of many health issues and it’s important to know why we need to manage it. Stress can help us get out of dangerous situations by boosting adrenaline and cortisol. However, chronic stress will lead to serious health issues and even death. Humans consciously stress themselves out in today’s world with financial, relationship and personal problems.
Stress in the right amount is stimulation. It’s not about eliminating stress it’s about having the right kind of stress. Some examples of stress that can be enjoyable are roller coaster rides, first dates, and trying a new hobby. Excitement and nervousness can be beneficial making the activities more enjoyable. Stressing about the future can also help motivate you to reach your goals. It’s about finding the right balance and noticing when your stress levels are too high.
" It's not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it, " - Hans Selye
Physical effects of stress include increased heart rate, high blood pressure, and irregular breathing patterns. This is just the short term effects. Stress affects nearly every organ of the body including the liver, heart, and lungs. Your immune system is weakened making you more susceptible to infections and colds. Erectile dysfunction and low libido are also common symptoms of stress. Brain chemistry is also unbalanced when exposed to too much stress. A lot of mood and personality changes are due to stress as well, it’s well known that humans get grumpy and unpleasant when they are over worked and stressed. How you treat others is a great reason for managing your stress. At the time you won’t notice your anger and lack of patience but your loved ones will. Your muscles will also tense up over time this will lead to chronic pain and discomfort. It’s been well known that stress can cause painful ulcers that disrupt your ability to enjoy life to the fullest. You should think of your body as an ecosystem, everyone has bacteria and immune cells and when you’re stressed your immune cells don’t work to their full potential allowing harmful bacteria to grow in your gut, causing ulcers, candida overgrowth, and even fatigue. A leading cause of death in the world is cardiovascular disease. In monkeys with little to no stress it’s been found that their arteries were clean, while others with stressful lives had plaque built up. Heart attacks often strike without clear symptoms so it’s crucial to lower your stress levels on a daily basis. It’s been documented that most the most common time for heart attacks are Monday mornings. The stress of going to a job you hate after a break can literally kill you. This is why you need to live the lifestyle you enjoy and have pleasure in where you work.
STRESS IS A SILENT KILLER
Stress takes the form of mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression, and insomnia. It can also kill your brain cells. If you enjoy having your intellect, it is important to find ways to manage this problem. Memory is greatly decreased with chronic stress and it’s important to remember your life so you can reflect and improve.
Stress is horrible for weight loss and it disrupts natural fat distribution. You could be doing everything else right in your fitness journey but if you’re stressed, you’ll have serious troubles getting to your goals. Being stressed about your body image can motivate you to become who you want to be but over stressing about it can be detrimental to your health. Like most things in life, it’s about finding that perfect balance and being aware of the effects will help you determine the proper balance.
You will age faster if you’re stressed. It’s been proven that people with higher amounts of stress have shortened telomeres. Telomeres are found at the end of chromosomes and have been found to shorten as you age. Raising a disabled child is stressful and researchers have found that these women on average have a shorten lifespan of 6 years. However support groups are a great way to counter this effect, because there is an enzyme that can help repair this problem so if you’re in a stressful situation it’s a great idea to find a group that goes through the same thing. Longevity is lowered when stressed, if you want an anti-aging strategy you should avoid stress.
If exposed to high amounts of stress and abuse as a child, the child will have health problems decades into the future. Another great piece of evidence of this is PTSD victims. Often years after a traumatic event, suffers still deal with the many health problems associated with stress. This is why it’s best to prevent stress instead of waiting for it to happen and then trying to fix it.
Living a stress free lifestyle isn’t something to put off. On your pursuit of happiness avoiding stress is something that needs to be addressed as soon as possible and with this guide living the optimized lifestyle can be achieved today.