In this episode, I share why it’s so important to get a handle on your stress….NOW!
Life can be challenging and my guess it that you most likely have dealt with stress at times in your life and you may even struggle with chronic stress.
According to the American Institute of Stress, stress is killing us!
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This topic is so important because it relates to almost everyone. People get stressed out!
Why is this so important? Because the American Institute of Stress states that, “Stress is killing us.”
Here are some statistics from the American Institute of Stress:
- 44% of Americans feel more stressed than 5 years ago
- 1 in 5 Americans experience “extreme stress,” which includes shaking, heart palpitations and depression
- Work stress causes 10% of strokes
- 3 out of 4 doctors visits are for stress related ailments
- 40% of stressed people overeat or eat unhealthy food
- 44% lose sleep every night
- Stress is the root cause of 60% of all illness and disease
Are you blown away by these statistics?
Deepak Chopra believes that 95% of illness can be controlled by our quality of life and only 5% is due to actual gene mutations.
What does this mean?
It means that you have a great deal of control over your health. If you increase the quality of your life, you can increase the quality of your health.
And even more importantly, you have to take care of your mind because the insidious thing about stress is that it infiltrates your body even though it’s caused by the thoughts in your head!
The human body is amazing! The body creates physical symptoms that accompany stress that act as a warning system. For example, you may get eye twitches, stomachaches, heart palpitations and headaches when your mind is spinning about paying the bills or finding a job.
Hopefully, if you’re noticing these types of symptoms on a regular basis, that they nudge you to look for the root cause and take better care of yourself.
Why in the world does stress have a physical effect if it’s an emotional issue?
In order to explain this I have to get a little technical, but I’ll keep it as simple as possible.
When your mind believes you’re being threatened or that there’s an emergency, a cascade of events is set into motion.
It starts with fight or flight. Your system churns out stress chemicals like adrenaline, norepinephrine and cortisol, which then causes your heart to race, your blood pressure to increase and causes oxygen to be sent to your large muscles.
This is an amazing process when you need it – like when you’re being chased by a moose, which actually happened to me.
However, it’s not a great process when it happens on a consistent basis over things that aren’t truly emergencies or threats. Studies show that chronic activation of this stress response can be responsible for disease.
Since you will always have stressors in your life at times, you need to know how to manage it.
Here are 5 ways to help reduce stress:
- Meditate – Studies show that even 5-10 minutes of meditation every day can help to alleviate stress
- Exercise – Exercise and other physical activity produce endorphins – “feel good” chemicals, which in turn reduces stress.
- Eating Healthy, Non-processed Foods – What you ingest has a direct effect on your mood
- Laughter – Laughter has many benefits! Just like exercise, it releases endorphins.
- Breathing and Relaxation Exercises – Controlling your breath can help to create a feeling of calm and relaxation.
So, start implementing some of these strategies into your life, not only when you feel stressed, but even when you don’t feel stressed. Preventative practices are the best practices!
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