Stress and Its Damaging Health Effects

Science Based*

When I was thinking about what to write today, I remembered the stats from Pinterest and my website showing which blog/area had the most views.

Hands down it was how stress negatively impacts our health.

So that's what I'll share here but I will also share 3 easy techniques to relieve stress that promote health and wellness.

You see, we have a real problem today with unresolved/chronic stress and how it’s impacting our health, our family’s health, and those we care about.

Let me ask you this …

Do any of the following apply to you?

  • Have difficulty saying 'no' and feel resentment for saying 'yes'?

  • Have emotional wounds from the past that affect your life today?

  • Anxiety?

  • A racing heart?

  • Sleeplessness?

  • High blood pressure, Diabetes 2, and/or high cholesterol?

The above is actually a shortlist of all the things unresolved/ chronic stress can cause.

If you answered yes to any of the above, are your overwhelmed- not knowing where to start taking your life and health back from stress?

I know I was and my clients were too.

So why am I here talking to you about stress? Because, I’m a textbook example of the negative side effects of stress.

Mine is a beautiful story of victim to victorious and tragedy to triumph ... things like that.

Go here to read more.

Back to today's topic...

The quote below is from the article “Stress. It’s Worse Than You Think" from Psychology Today.

“By responding to the stress of everyday life with the SAME surge of biochemicals released during major threats, the body is slowly killing itself. The biochemical onslaught chips away at the IMMUNE SYSTEM, opening the way to CANCER, infection, and DISEASE. Hormones unleashed by stress eat at the digestive tract and lungs, promoting ulcers and asthma. Or they may weaken the heart, leading to strokes and heart disease. "Chronic stress is like a slow poison."

"Chronic stress is like a slow poison." < that's powerful isn't it?

The good news is you can stop and even reverse the damaging effects of stress- on your mind, your body and even with your emotions.

You don’t have to change everything all at once. I love this quote about making changes…. Slow and steady wins the race. Try learning at least one of the techniques I'll share below.

Use it whenever something stressful happens. Then at your own pace, add in some of the other techniques we’ll cover.

Some may be wondering what the big deal is with stress. Or what is it exactly. I cover that in this blog. By the way, there is good and bad stress. Check it out if you missed it.

For now, let’s keep going.

The stress response is a protective mechanism. However, when the stress response does not turn off, negative effects can impact overall health.