We all stress. It’s part of life. It’s a normal reaction to alot of everyday situations. When you are in danger, a stress hormone is released called cortisol. This stress hormone may help in a flight or fight response. If you need to react quick or escape danger.
When we’re releasing this stress hormone everyday its very dangerous to our health. Over time this leads to Anxiety, depression, Digestive issues, heart disease, headaches, sleep issues and cancer. Almost every health issue you can think of is linked right from a thought that starts in our mind. This is serious, and potentially fatal. Stress, especially on a regular basis is nothing to mess around with. This is what stress does to the mind and body.
Symptoms of Stress on the Mind and Body
- Headaches : One of the most common type of headaches is a tension headache caused by stress
- Sickness : Stress takes a tole on your immune system. If you find yourself constantly battling cold symptoms like sniffles or a cough it may be due to stress.
- Depression : Low moods are linked to stress which can lead to Depression.
- Anxiety : Different from depression, more of an overwhelming feeling but also linked to stress.
- Irritability : Anger or low patients are symptoms of irritability and stressed related.
There are many symptoms and they all lead back to stress.
Ever notice anytime you get really worked up over something or upset and when you calm down your just drained physically and emotionally? Her’s why. It’s because the cortisol has used up so much of your energy, it takes up to 20 minutes for that energy to return. That’s why were physically exhausted when we get emotionally upset.
You must have heard stories of a parent lifting up something really heavy to free their child if they were trapped. This is that energy or adrenaline we don’t have or can’t tap into on a normal basis.
How to Stop Stress before it Starts
If we can create stress in our minds or react to situations that are stressful. Why can’t we train our minds to respond to a stressful situation in a positive manner?
We can and I have been doing it for a long time now. The first step is to take ten seconds before you do anything. This will be the most important moment of any situation and how you face it. Just relax and don’t forget to breathe. Now you will be able to respond instead of react.
When I was going through depression and anxiety, I was experiencing health issues and physical symptoms. When I learned to respond instead of react, all aspects of my life got better and I got much healthier. Remember life is only 10% of what happens to you. The other 90% is how you respond to it. Let go of things. Take only what you need and leave the rest behind.
It Works If you work It
Now trust me I know it’s not easy and there are certain factors to consider like genetics and life experiences. I was a product of my environment, but I’m in a different environment now.
Everytime we’re faced with a difficult situation we have a choice.
We don’t have to choose to react negatively. We have the choice to respond positively.
We can change. Change isn’t hard, its consistancy that’s hard.
When I quit smoking it wasn’t hard to stop . It was hard to stay stoped.
We are creatures of habit. We get use to a certain way of life and then we get stuck there. We settle or get comfortable even if we’re not happy. We stay there and it’s not because we want to. Its because we are afraid of change.
Let me ask you something if yo’ur stressed or there is an area in your life that your not particularly happy with. Do you change it? Yes change is scary but if things stay the same you already know the outcome right?
If your unhappy about a particular situation and have been stressed out about it for a while. It’s time to take action. Nothing happens without action. You can talk about it or think about it forever, but until you act on it nothing happens. Nothing changes if nothing changes. Once your aware, start to practice it daily, one moment at a time and build on it. You will gain momentum and get better at it. Build on change.
If we don’t try change, then we are stuck with what we already have. We are stuck with what we have already failed at. What we are unhappy with. You have all heard the saying if it isn’t broke don’t fix it? Well what if it is broke? Then fix it!!
When things are going good we wanna fix it. When things are going bad we are afraid to fix it. Are we afraid to succeed? Are we afraid of what people will think and act toward us? Sometimes misery loves company and we don’t get the attention we normally get when we are struggling with something. No one to say are you ok? or is everything all right?
Are you self sabotaging yourself? Perhaps but that’s when you need to stop caring what other people think and start caring about what you think and what will truly make you happy.
If you live in the problem your always looking for the solution. If you live in the solution there is never a problem.
If you are stressed I hope this article helped you identify with some of the early warning signs. I hope it inspired you to start change today!! It truly is a matter of life and death.
If you have any questions or comments please leave them down below.
Together we can all stress less.