Five Ways Stress Hurts Your Body and What to Do About it?


 When you're driving to an important meeting, but you're running late and traffic is slow, and you hit every red light, and you can just feel your blood starting to boil. Your heart pounds and your fists tighten. 

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This is the stress response. It’s the physical response in your body that happens when you perceive a threat. This threat could be a crocodile, but it could also be in an argument with your girlfriend or being late to pick up your kids. 

The human brain is so powerful that it can transform imagined threats into a physical response in a heartbeat. And Stress essentially kicks on the fight, or flight response. This response is meant to be a short-term reaction to help you fight off an attacker or run away from danger.

 Fight or flight response speeds up your heart and lungs. It pumps out, adrenaline and cortisol and it puts a halt on non-essential functions like digestion and sex. 

Stress response is great for you, in short bursts. With a healthy stress response your hypothalamus tells your nervous system to return to calm. But when stress becomes chronic, it can lead to chronic illness and contribute to irritability anxiety, and depression.

 So let's talk about five ways stress harms your body and what to do about it. 

Stress affects your immune system.

So, first stress, initially, kicks your immune system into overdrive, but over time stress, hormones, weaken your immune system. So people who are chronically stressed are more likely to get sick frequently and stay sick longer because their immune system gets turned down. Some people's immune systems get hyperactive under stress, leading to autoimmune disorders, allergies, and asthma. Okay.

Stress interferes with your sleep. If you're fighting off an attacker, it's not a great time to fall asleep. So stress interferes with your ability to fall asleep, and stay asleep. Sleep is essential to mental and physical health. Sleep helps your brain process the day’s events; it helps you heal from injury and illness and helps you think more clearly. Okay. 

Stress affects how your gut functions

Number three is your gut under high stress, your body. Initially pumps out extra glucose to activate, but then it turns off digestion. It's like your body is in the Star Trek Enterprise and it puts all its power into shields or weapons, but it has to turn down the lights on deck to conserve energy.

 When you're stressed, your body is ready to fight off a threat, not make repairs until the battle is over. So your body devotes less energy to digestion, this can lead to butterflies in the stomach loss of appetite. Heartburn, weight loss, IBS, constipation, and diarrhea. 

Low levels of stress can trigger the opposite result; constantly stress eating to suit the body. And this is usually easy to digest like carbohydrates which can lead to weight gain and obesity.

Stress Makes Your Muscles Tense 

Stress makes your muscles tense to get ready to bite off that crocodile. it can help you play an intense game of soccer or walk faster if you're late to an important meeting. But when you're constantly stressed and you're frozen in a typing position at your desk, your muscles can get all messed up. So stress can lead to neck and back pain headaches and just an overall feeling of discomfort.

Stress affects Your Blood Pressure and Cardiovascular Health

Last is your blood pressure and your cardiovascular health. Stress hormones, make your heart beat faster and they increase blood pressure over time this can damage the arteries and lead to hypertension and heart disease. It keeps your body in a constant state of pressure which is tough on the heart;

 People with chronic stress are more likely to have heart attacks. Okay. So what do you do, like what do you do if your body sees some signs of much stress. Okay, first let's talk; 

Setting boundaries.  Reduce your overall stress levels by setting better boundaries. Cut out some activities, you can make time for rest and self-care. You choose to combat chronic stress by making a clear separation between work and home life. 

You can delete your work, email off your phone or you know turn off your phone at night. Stress isn't bad; it's harmful when it becomes chronic. So take your work email off your phone make rules about when you're allowed to check your email.

 Rest instead of distracting.

Take breaks where you actually rest, not distractions where you just put the stress response in the back of your mind. You can actually learn to notice what state you're in, whether you're in the nervous system, activation, or calm. Watching a show or tick-tock can keep you stuck in the fight-flight response. But because you're distracted, you just don't notice it as much.

 Going for a quiet, walk taking a moment for meditation, or breathing, can all actually help you turn off the stress response instead of just distracting yourself from it. 

Exercise is also great for stress, it burns off those stress hormones, gives your body a chance to go through the cycles of activation and then relaxation.

30-minute cardio is great for stress but any kind of physical activity is helpful. Go for a walk. Build something with your hands with the garden, whatever it is that You okay, if you haven't tried progressive muscle relaxation, now's a great time to learn it.

 So this is an exercise where you consciously tense and then relax various parts of your body. Usually, you start at your toes and you move up towards your head. 

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 You can learn to turn on the vagal response. You can learn to switch from these stress responses to the relaxation response. Vagal nerve exercises. 

These are simple to learn and they only take a moment to use. The easiest one is pace breathing. You just slowly breathe to approximately five seconds for the in-breath. Five seconds. To breathe turns off the stress response and it turns back on the parasympathetic state. 

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