Stress and Physical Health—Why Chronic Stress is a Killer
Are you at your wits end trying to figure out how to deal with the stress on your plate?
You’re far from alone.
Unfortunately, the symptoms of stress are nothing short of a chronic disease for some people. In fact, stress itself has been called the ‘silent killer’ by the media and people in the medical profession alike.
Let’s take a closer look at what stress does to the body and why it’s so important to manage it properly.
Stress & the Nervous System
Our brains change with our environment and the experiences it creates. When you undergo extreme adversity consistently, the part of your brain that sends out fear signals and hormones grows. And with it your sensitivity to stress increases. This makes you susceptible to long-term stress.
Stress & the Cardiovascular System
Thanks to your oversized ‘fear center’ your body now sends hormones to your heart to pump harder and faster—even when it’s not necessary. This leads to high blood pressure which is a precursor for stroke and heart attack. Not only that, stress causes us to reach for junk foods which in turn increases the risk for obesity and heart disease. Science is proving that breathing is the fastest way to combat the symptoms of stress!
Stress & the Immune System
When you’re running away from a tiger in the woods, the last thing that matters is your immune system. The stress response was built to save you from a wild animal attack or to save your child from drowning—not dealing with constant deadlines and high strung bosses. Your immune system weakens during stress, leaving you vulnerable to colds and flus that pass your way. Naturally, one of the most detectable symptoms of stress is frequent illness.
How to Deal with Stress
Some simple ways to lower your risk of illness and disease from chronic stress include:
• Daily Deep Breathing Meditation
• Quality Sleep
• Healthy Food & Lots of Water
• Exercise or Light Stretching
• Better Mind/Body Connection
You may not be able to control the events that happen to you, but you can control your reaction. If you don’t want to leave this world of premature heart disease, diabetes, or stroke take precautions now to lower your stress naturally.