As you can probably imagine, I have been abit stressed lately. I mean can you blame me really? In less than 2 months, we decided to completley change our lives by parting from the military, had to find a house that very weekend and packed up and moved less than a month later.
My life and my family’s life has been turned every which way. So when I say I have had many sleepless nights, weird cravings ( i posted something about that on my Facebook yesterday) and horrible breakouts that only a mother can love (cause trust me rashes on nearly 60% of my body just isnt cute..lol) well Im sure you can imagine what Im feeling and going through.
Early this morning I decided to do some research on stress management because frankly I have to get a handle on this and 2) well it could only benefit me right?? well this is what I have found out about stress and why managing it’s evil and possibly silent killer attitude is so important. Hope you can get something out of it as well.
Stress is the underlying cause of many illnesses, both major and minor. Physicians and emotional health experts agree that stress reduction techniques can prevent many illnesses, and disorders, in addition to increase a patient’s capability to heal following the development of several different health problems.
A person’s reaction to stress is triggered inside the brain, producing chemical and physical changes through the entire body, which affect every aspect of it’s functioning.
During times of intense stress the brain’s production of such chemicals as Dopamine, Epinephrine, and Norepinephrine increase, causing the distribution of larger amounts of these Catecholamines throughout the body.
The increase of many presence of these chemicals produces physiological changes such as increased heart rate, and blood pressure, increased cell reproduction, and suppression of the immune system.
After a while, unmanaged stress can result in the development of ulcers and other digestive problems, heart disease, even heart attack and stroke.
The immune’s systems ability to fight off infection and disease is inhibited, allowing for the onset of various illnesses and viral infections. Additionally, the development of chronic conditions such as Diabetes and Asthma, have been linked to stress.
Stress is also related to many mental and emotional disorders, such as Depression, Anxiety, extreme Phobias, and panic attacks. The “Fight or Flight” instinct triggered by the brain during times of extreme stress is also related to the on-set of these chronic mental health conditions.
Bottomline,learning to manage stress in healthy ways can help reduce the chemical changes occurring within the brain and body, thereby improving both physical and mental health.
So in your opinion what do you think you could do to manage stress better? I would love to hear your feedback and comments.