Stress and Your Health
Stress and Your Health.
Everyone today is under some sort of stress. Financial, Health, Relationship, Work, Family and the list goes on and on. What we do about the stress we’re under is important. Recognizing we’re OVER Stressed and we suffer from PROLONGED (chronic stress) stress is the key to getting it under control and moving toward being healthier.
Stress affects health in almost every way.
Premature Aging – Skin, Hair loss.
Increased chances of developing degenerative diseases (cardiovascular, diabetes, cancer)
Fits of Anger or Rage
Exhaustion – Tired all the time
Skin disorders – breakouts, rashes, and hives.
Chemical Dependencies – Alcohol, Drugs, Nicotine
Weight Gain and Obesity
Prolonged stress can lead to various health issues, one of them being Uncontrollable weight gain. One of the long term effects of the hormone Cortisol is weight gain. Cortisol is released when we are under stress. No big deal if the stress is temporary because the body will deal with it. Unfortunately we are chronically stressed today and this hormone wreaks havoc on the body over time. A great book to read is Accidentally Overweight by Dr. Libby Weaver. It’s so much more than a weight loss book. Well worth the read.
Some more health issues of chronic stress are.
Some ideas are but not limited to
Eat clean food – not processed foods full of chemicals and sugars
Engage in Laughter
Reduce exposure to electronic devices
Breathe slowly and deeply periodically through the day. Particularly if you’re feeling stressed
Take a good quality nutritional supplement. Which leads me to my next topic but it will have to wait until my next blog entry. I need to go relax now..