Friday, November 21, 2008

Stress Kills

Stress is very common in todays world. Did you know that chronic stress is worse than almost anything that you can do to yourself? Stress can cause just about any disease.

Ask yourself this very important question? Is whatever you are chronically stressed about really worth dying from?

Chances are if you are reading this; you or someone that you know is probably chronically stressed. There life starts off early in the morning and doesn't slow down until they get home. They get a rush from staying busy and the more tasks that they can accomplish the better. This is very typical for someone who is chronically stressed and is very bad for their health.

The frequent rush that people get is from an increase in adrenalin. It causes the body to be in a constant fight or flight which is great if you are being chased by a tiger. Otherwise it is just overstimulating your body and is a problem when it happens on a daily basis.
Stress causes cortosol which is a hormone that can be responsible for obesity especially in the abdominal area. As you probably already know obesity can cause a host of problems.

Symptoms from Chronic Stress
  • Headache

  • Muscle Tension

  • Heart Attack

  • Fatigue

  • Sleep Disturbances

  • Anxiety

  • Mood Changes

  • Etc.

Managing Stress
  1. Exercise-Regular exercise reduces the amount of stress hormones such as adrenalin. This is the exptremely important.

  2. Meditation-for 20-30 minute 1-2 times a day has been shown to improve health. Infact those who are masters can even raise and lower blood pressure and heart rate.

  3. Eliminate Drug Use-drugs as well as high alcohol consumption can increase the effects that stress has on the body.

  4. Take Breaks-during work it is important to take breaks since it is chronic stress that causes health problems.

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1 comment:

  1. Hey~ so glad you are up and away! like to clean look to your site, simplicity is classic.

    This is an important post~many people are not aware of how damaging chronic stress can be over a long period, especially for their heart and blood vessels.

    for those looking to manage their weight, chronic stress is just going to release hormones that hangs onto that unnecessary body fat, and contribute to circulation damage.

    We must remember tho, that a little stress is necessary or we would not be able to survive~or we would be rocks, trees and mountains :-)

    Nutrition and physical activity is important, tho must be balanced with a solid support network of friends and or family to increase resiliency, positive problem-solving, and ability to cope creatively.

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