Stress Effects

Dear Stress – let’s break up

Stress Less

Stress is not a state of mind… it’s measurable and dangerous, and many of us humans can’t seem to find the off-switch. These words of warning come from award-winning neurobiologist Robert Sapolsky in the documentary “Stress: Portrait of a Killer”.

As we evolved, the stress response saved our lives by enabling us to run from predators or take down prey. But today, we are turning on the same ‘life saving’ reaction to cope with daily chores, work, parenting, traffic and financial pressures – and have a hard time turning it off. Constantly being in stress and control mode not only influences the quality of our life experience, it reinforces our limiting and bad habits, it robs us of our ability to respond and co-create life harmoniously. Oh, and it fires up our less resourceful emotional states.

But did you know, stress may also lead to the shrinking of the brain, add fat to our belly and change your genetic expression? It further alters immune system responses and suppresses the digestive system, the reproductive system and growth processes. Excess physical, mental or emotional stress deprives you of happiness and is one of the pathways to disease.

Stress.org says there are numerous disorders that have been linked to stress including depression, anxiety, heart attacks, stroke, hypertension, immune system disturbances that increase susceptibility to infections, a host of viral linked disorders ranging from the common cold and herpes to AIDS and certain cancers, as well as autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. In addition stress can have direct effects on the skin (rashes, hives, atopic dermatitis, the gastrointestinal system (GERD, peptic ulcer, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis) and can contribute to insomnia and degenerative neurological disorders like Parkinsons disease. In fact, it’s hard to think of any disease in which stress cannot play an aggravating role or any part of the body that is not affected. But there is more …

Here are some common signs and symptoms to watch out for…

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