Stress and Disease.
Why Stress increases your risk of disease and illness
Stress and disease. Why stress causes dis-ease, increases inflammation and reduces our immune system. Why stress is a modern-day killer.
The body’s stress response is our bodies’ innate life-saving system that effectively responds to dangerous and life-threatening situations. That is why it is known as the survival response or fight or flight response. When you are in a state of stress. Your hypothalamus stimulates a release of stress hormones especially adrenaline and cortisol. Now, this rush of hormones will increase your heart rate, your respiration rate, blood pressure, and muscle energy. This will help you react quickly and effectively (fight or flee) in a life-threatening or emergency situation.
Now, the stress response is supposed to be an occasional response. So, after the stress response, your body is designed to naturally go back into a relaxed state of being. But today for too many people the stress response, has become their more normal everyday way of being. They are now in a state of chronic stress. When your mind and body become habitually exposed to high levels of stress hormones. Your body then finds itself in a state of dis-ease, a state of imbalance.
Stress And Disease
Too many believe Chronic Stress is something you just live with, that it is a necessary by-product of modern life. But that is so not true, no-one needs to live with chronic long-term stress. If you find it difficult to switch off, you cannot relax and find you always need to be busy. You are probably suffering from long-term or chronic stress. Long-term stress sufferers find themselves in a constant state of hyperarousal or hypervigilance. They become constantly alert to the threat of possible danger that they are at increased risk of developing an anxiety disorder.
This chronic state of overstimulation can lead to a variety of physical, mental and emotional health issues. The Immune System, for example, is a connection of systems, processes, cells, tissues, and organs. That all need to be working in harmony 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.
Here are just some examples of how much long-term stress plays havoc with your 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 stress exposure and many variables that can make us more stress resilience.
- Present Health Challenges
- Genetics, Hereditary Factors
- Personality Types and Traits
- Life Experiences and Life Challenges
- Life Skills, Communication Skills
The above can all increase our risk of stress. But fundamentally most modern STRESS is triggered by our beliefs. By what we FEAR or Resists. Most 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 is key in making you more resilient to life’s challenges.
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 healthier choices to live a more stress less life.