If you’ve been stressed for long periods of time, you know stress can wreak havoc on your health. But you may not know just how extensively stress affects your body.
In fact Stress is often called the silent Killer. Effecting the population at a breakneck pace, and women are at the top of the list.
"Stress is the trash of modern day life. If we don't dispose of it properly it will overtake ourlives." - Nina Radcliff
After a series of great losses. --Tragically losing my brother -- Becoming a widow after 30 years of marriage. -- Losing my home. And then continuing my streak of ground hog, black cloud, and murphy’s law days rolled together & piled on top of each other --Having my major illness flare up, which led to a leave of absence and subsequent loss of my job. So dear lovelies, besides the heart-break and grief, I was left in the after math and wake of the 40ft waves which still left me off balance and without any sea legs! I’ve been stressed before, but nothing like that. It was the longest period with that amount of stress I’ve ever experienced.
Migraines were very frequent, occurring once or twice a week. I started to gain weight even though I ate very little, I began to experience chest pain, had muscle tension (mostly in my neck), had sleep problems (which the PTSD also contributed to), and I got sick more often.
I have worked many years in the behavioral health field and always knew the role stress played with our mental well-being. But I started to notice that some of my physical symptoms were tied to the stress I was experiencing. After doing some research and touching base with my Drs I found out just how much stress affects your body. This mind body correlation should have come as no surprise to me since I can tell you first hand I am a whole person from the neck down and vice versa!
And there are so many things that can cause stress in your life. Common areas of stress include:
- · Finances
- · Bills
- · Problems in your marriage
- · Declining health
- · School/College
- · Personal relationships
- · Loss of friendship
- · Grief
- · Conflict with your boss
- · Home repairs
We even have a whole host of life events, like getting engaged and married, or having a new child, landing that job which are huge game changers, but will make the stress meter spike!
And the list goes on, am I right? Unfortunately, there are so many things that can cause stress these days.
Here are the most common things that happen when stress affects your body:
- · Headache/Migraine
- · Tense muscles
- · Muscle pain
- · Chest pain
- · Diarrhea/Constipation
- · Upset Stomach
- · Fatigue
- · Trouble falling and staying asleep
- · Decreased sex drive
- · Skin and hair problems
The bad news is that left untreated chronic stress can KILL you. So while chronic stress if not managed cause serious health issues up to and including death all is not lost.
The GOOD news is that it CAN be treated! You can learn to deal and overcome stressful situation and learn to manage stress instead of feeling overwhelmed by it.
I have put together some proven tried and ture resources that will help you dispose and discharge your stress. These are proven techniques and is the same guide I myself have been using and offering to my clients who have seen great success for the past two dozen years. The guide gives you amazing resources you can put into action today, that will have a big impact on reducing your stress so that you can live a longer healthier life.
Now take a deep breath and imagine your life with less stress. Ahhh, feels good doesn't it? I know right...it sure does! Utilizing these resources will put you on the path to the life you have imagined and dreamed about. Oh yeah...Date, or ladies nights, laughing and having fun just became real again! That job you've always wanted, yep guessed it, it's now within your reach becasue you have the energy and focus to go for it. Oh and did I mention you are sleeping better, and are waking up refreshed? These are just a few of the many venefits you will reap once we get you off the stress cliff.
Come back for future posts because there is a lot more to be shared on this important topic.
And as always I would love to hear how stress effects your life and any specific stress related questions. Please don't be shy here and leave a comments.