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Stress

The Silent Killer

Stress is recognized as the #1 proxy killer disease today.  The American Medical Association has noted that stress is the basic cause of more than 60% or all human illness and disease. 

Stress may be literally taking years off your life.  Stress can affect EVERY part of our body all the way from our brains to our reproductive system.

Brain & Nerves

  • Headaches
  • Lack of energy
  • Irritability
  • Increased or decreased eating
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Mental health problems (anxiety disorders & depression)

Skin

  • Acne & other skin problems

Muscles & Joints

  • Muscle aches and tension (especially in the neck & shoulders)
  • Increased risk for reduced bone density

Heart

  • Faster heartbeat
  • Rise in blood pressure
  • Increased risk of high cholesterol & heart attack

Stomach

  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain
  • Heartburn
  • Weight gain

Pancreas

  • Increased risk for diabetes

Intestines

  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Other digestive problems

Reproductive System

  • Loss of libido
  • For women – painful or irregular periods
  • For men – impotence & lower sperm production

Immune System

  • Lowered ability to fight or recover from illness

It’s Not Going Away

We are all under stress each and everyday.  In today’s world stress is all around us.  Our response to the stress we face may be a bigger issue than the actual stress itself.

Growing up we are taught many things in and out of school, managing stress is NOT one of them.  Then as adults we find ourselves in VERY stressful situations without the tools to deal with them.  Often times after these stressful events or long-term chronic stress we develop health issues such as adrenal fatigue.  Or we end up on medications that could have far worse side effects…

 

Creating your Toolbox

Just as there is no “one” nutrition plan for everyone there is not “one” way to manage stress.  Each person has to identify what works for them and put different tools in their “stress management toolbox.”  Below are some ways to manage stress.

  • Simplify
  • Prioritize
  • Yoga
  • Meditation
  • Laugh
  • Practice Mindfulness
  • Set boundaries
  • Avoid stimulants and sugar
  • Avoid negative people
  • Sleep
  • Learn to say no
  • Practice self-care
  • Exercise

Take Care of YOU!

Stress is affecting us more than we even know.  Creating the time and space to slow-down and calm our minds and bodies is essential for optimal health and well being.  Next time you find yourself highly stressed, STOP, take 5 deep breaths, and notice if you feel different?