How Stressed Are you?

Some amount of stress is healthy, but excessive stress, left untreated, can lead to anxiety and illness.  Too much stress makes you at best ineffective, and at worst physically ill.

Stress affects everyone but it is all about how we deal with the stress and how prepared we are.  Acute (sudden or short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems go on high alert and these stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation.  However, most of us face repeated stressful situations that if not dealt with put a strain on the body that contributes to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences.  90% of all ill health has a stress/ emotional component to it.

WHAT STRESS DOES TO YOUR BODY

HEAD: mood swings, anger, depression, irritability, anxiety, lack of energy, swings in appetite, concentration problems, sleep issues, headaches, mental health issues, anxiety disorders and panic attacks

SKIN: Skin problems such as acne, hives, rosacea

JOINTS AND MUSCLES: Aches and pains, tension, lowered bone density

HEART: Increased blood pressure, higher cholesterol, increased heart beat

STOMACH: stomach cramps, acid reflux, nausea, bloating, digestive issues, diarrhoea, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome

REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM: lower sperm count (men), increased pain during periods (women)

IMMUNE SYSTEM: Reduced ability to fight and recover from illness

 

Stress is immensely harmful to your health because your body reacts to it in the same way that it would react if you came upon a lion in the wild.  The reaction is not always to the same degree but there is no question that your sympathetic nervous system increases its output whenever you feel anxious, tense, frustrated, or angry (In other words, whenever you feel stressed).

The process of learning to control stress is life-long. Overcoming stress will not only contribute to better health, but it will also increase your resilience and your ability to succeed.  It is important to consider that no single method is always successful and that a combination of approaches is generally most effective

Nutrition and Lifestyle Changes are essential : enhance your overall health and stress resistance by getting regular exercise, eating a diet rich in a variety of organic vegetables particularly leafy greens, and avoiding alcohol and  caffeine.   Cut out sugar : Stressed spelled backwards is desserts and take a plant based natural magnesium supplement – remember that all supplements are not created equal!  Find out more about my go to magnesium supplement : Bodyprime.  This is the only magnesium supplement I use and recommend to all my clients and of all the supplements they use this is the one they order month in and month out.  It’s known in my clinic as the miracle mineral.  The benefits of magnesium for anxiety and stress are substantial, yet up to 75% of us are deficient.  You can read more about magnesium here and here

The best way to manage your stress in the short and long term is to learn coping strategies that you can use daily. Download my FREE 5 Simple and Easy Ways to Reduce Stress and you can start practicing these tips right away. Try one or two until you find a few that work for you. I recommend you practice these techniques until they become habits you can turn to when you feel stress.  Follow the link to get access to the FREE 5 Simple and Easy Ways to Reduce Stress : http://bit.ly/2Cr4ZW9

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