Stress and Disease.
Why Stress increases your risk of disease and illness
Stress and disease. Why stress increases inflammation and reduces our immune system.
Our body’s stress response also known as the fight-or-flight response. Is actually our bodies life-saving system that effectively helps us respond to dangerous and life-threatening situations. The initial reaction from the hypothalamus stimulates a variety of signals which triggers a release of stress hormones which include adrenaline and cortisol. These rush of hormones, increase in heart rate, respiration rate, blood pressure and muscle energy help us react quickly and effectively (fight or flee) in extremely dangerous situations.
This stress response is also known as the survival response, is supposed to be an occasional response. Where the body goes back to a normal or relaxed state of being. But sadly today for too many people the STRESS response has become their normal response to everyday life. Their bodies have become so exposed to high levels of cortisol and stress hormones that the body is in a state of dis-ease, a state of imbalance.
Stress And Disease
For too many people Stress has become such a normal way of being, that they cannot switch off, cannot relax. They are in a constant state of hyperarousal or hypervigilance, constantly alert to danger. The bodies over stimulation in the stress response increases risk to many mental, emotional and physical health conditions. The Immune System is a connection of systems, processes, cells, tissues, and organs that need to be working in balance to protect the body against “foreign attack of viruses, bacteria anything that causes disease.
“Inflammation is partly regulated by the hormone cortisol and when cortisol is not allowed to serve this function, inflammation can get out of control,” said Cohen, the Robert E. Doherty Professor of Psychology within CMU’s Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences – ScienceDaily.Com
Cortisol stops and slows down unnecessary essential body functions during emergency situations ( stress response) so when we are regularly overexposed to cortisol. Certain body functions are impacted especially the digestive and immune system, growth, and reproductive system.
Adrenaline increases heart rate and blood pressure so in long-term stress, there is a higher risk of heart disease and high blood pressure.
can play havoc with our mental, emotional and physical wellbeing.
- Concentration and memory challenges
- Depression and mental health challenges
- Digestive Issues
- Heart disease
- Hormone imbalances
- Lowered immune system
- Weight gain
Increased Stress Risk
There are many factors that can increase our risk of stress exposure and stress resilience.
Our present health, our gene’s, personality types and traits, our life experiences and challenges can increase our risk of stress. But fundamentally STRESS is triggered by our beliefs, what we FEAR. Chronic and long-term STRESS can be eliminated and reduced when we learn how to let go of and manage our stress.
Stress Management Advice
Learning how to manage, reduce and let go of stress plays a big part in how we become more resilient to stress.
Learn To Relax – Relaxation Techniques are a powerful way to move the body off the stress response into therelaxed response.
Live In The Moment – Learn how to be stop be in the moment, be more mindful, meditation and mindfulness can be extremely helpful.
Live A Balanced Life – A more balanced life leads to a more balanced mind, body and emotions.
Reduce Stimulants – Internal and external stimulants play havoc on the body from caffeine, sugar, drugs, nicotine to too much EMF’s, noise, technology.
Eat Healthily – Fuel and flood your bodies with healthy nutrients will help cushion your body system from the free radicals that STRESS causes.
Healthy Communication- Healthy communication and assertiveness skills are extremely helpful at having healthy relationships. Making healthier decisions, asking for help, delegation and creating healthy boundaries.
Purpose And Passions – Purpose and passions give people the optimum motivation to make more healthier stressless decisions.