A worldwide calamity…stress! Stress is the culprit off many health conditions people are experiencing today. I don’t think that there are too many people who are not currently experiencing some form of stress. Physical, mental, emotional, and environmental stress are some of the different forms of stress that can have an adverse effect on any part of the body's system and have been associated with the following conditions:
High or Low Blood Pressure
A Weak Immune System
Chronic Pain and Inflammation
All off these conditions lead to serious health problems like heart disease, post-traumatic stress, autoimmune disease, etc.
Luckily the body was designed to cope with stress. According to HelpGuide, stress is the natural way the body responds and alerts us to danger. When a threat is perceived, the nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones result in increased heart beats, the tightening of muscles, elevated blood pressure, breath quickens, and the senses become sharper. These bodily responses increase your strength, stamina, reaction time, and enhance focus allowing the body to prepare for emergency response.
Like most things in life it all comes down to balance. It is ok for us to feel stress because it helps us perform under pressure, it motivates us, and it keeps us focused, energetic and alert.
How do we stay balanced? First, you must learn to recognize the symptoms, they are easy to overlook and difficult to keep under control. People have adjusted to a fast pace, tense and stressful lifestyles. Stress has become familiar and a normal physical and mental state with a very heavy price tag.
“Don’t allow stress to ruin your health, your mood, your productivity, your relationships, and your quality of life, KNOW THE SIGNS.”
Below is a guide to help you identify stress in your life. Everybody experiences and copes with stress differently. Below are a few things you can do to release stress but be mindful that these stress indicators can also be precursors to other conditions your body may be developing and they should not be ignored.