Does Stress Cause Health Problems?

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Published: Feb 21, 2018 | Last Updated: Aug 2, 2019

stress affecting your health
Stress is very real and affects our health in many negative ways. In today’s stressful world, it’s no wonder more and more people are surviving on antidepressants and anti-anxiety meds.

Unemployment rates are up; many families who should be enjoying retirement are now raising grandchildren.

More and more women are trying to climb the corporate ladder. Trying to achieve success in a man’s world isn’t always easy.

Illness can strike anyone at any time. This could lead to added or unexpected medical bills, loss of time at work, and increased stress at home. Many are now caregivers for their ailing parents.

The increase in bankruptcy is till at an all-time high. The younger generation is bombarded with credit card offers from the time they graduate high school. When this spins out of control, bankruptcy is inevitable.

Life in general can cause stress. Just the day to day grind of life. Women tend to wear many hats in today’s world, mom, sister, friend, chauffeur, cook, maid, soccer coach and the list goes on.

But, you don’t have to succumb to stress. There are better ways of dealing than medication. Let’s take a look at a few of these.

Exercise

Now’ who would have thought this would appear at the top of the list. Exercise is needed to handle the day to day stress of life without snapping.

Cortisol is our bodies main stress hormone. If you don’t get a handle on your stress, cortisol takes over. This is our body’s natural response to fight or flight, but in today’s world, sometimes we are constantly in this mode.

Elevated cortisol causes our bodies to gain weight around the middle, especially for women. Some call this “?muffin top.”?

When we are in a constant fight or flight mode, we tend to lose sleep, which only compounds our problems.

Keeping cortisol in check is so very important.

Exercise For Stress

Healthy Diet

Keeping your body in tip-top shape is so very important in balancing stress. A diet that consists mainly of processed, fast food can weaken the immune system, causing an increase in illness as well.

A poor diet also leads to weight gain, depression and a whole host of anti-inflammatory diseases like heart disease, arthritis, high blood pressure and cancer.

Meditation

There is so many ways to reduce stress through meditation. Yoga is one of my favorites for stress. You don’t have to be great at yoga to benefit from it. A beginner’s yoga class or DVD would work just fine.

Yoga helps by relaxing the body and mind. Releasing the tension and stress in sore muscles.

Journaling can be a meditation for some people. Just getting your day to day stressors down on paper can be healing. I encourage my clients to keep gratitude journals. Focusing on something positive instead of always the negative, has a natural way of reducing stress.

Meditation

Staying Organized

Have you ever tried to find something when you were in a hurry? You can feel your blood pressure literally rising. You snap at your kids, and yell at your spouse, all because you weren’t organized.

I know how frustrating this can be. Keep simple things in check to make your life easier. It’s a no brainer and won’t cost you anything, except a little bit of your time.

Changing Jobs

Now this isn’t something to be taken lightly. But if your job is causing you so much stress that it spills over into everything else in your life, it might be worth looking into something different.

But, don’t leave your career until you have something to replace it with. This will only add to the mountain of stress you already have.

So, stress can affect anyone at any time. We know that it can have profound effects on our mental and physical health.

Take note of your stress and get a handle on it before it takes over your life!

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