Stress robs our body and mind of the ability to function at its best. When your brain power is taken over by worry and anxiety then there is no room for clear thinking. Managing and removing the stress in our lives will free up capacity to find solutions to our issues and problems. If stress isn’t managed, it can take control of us and keep us from achieving anything. (And that’s not good.)
STRESS is one of most commonly used words in relation to ill health. Stress related disorders and ailments are responsible for more than 75% of all GP visits. Almost all illness causes stress, is aggravated by stress or is caused by stress. According to Bruce Lipton, 95% of illness can be attributed to stress, and 100% of stress comes from faulty beliefs. Negative perceptions and thoughts tend to create disease in our body.
Humans have the ability to worry about and fear unknown future events and become stressed simply by a thought.
Some things such as life threatening events, loss of a loved one, imminent danger will always elicit the stress response. Other situations are more personal and subjective – what may be stressful to one person will not affect another. We are all unique. The top cause of stress is money, followed by work, family worries, health and relationships.
Stress can also be self-generated and due to
- Unrealistic expectations,
- Lack of assertiveness
- Inability to accept uncertainty
- Negative self-talk
Life is filled with unpredictable ups and downs that inevitably produce stress. Modern life is demanding. We are always on call with constant and instant access to work and people via, email, mobile phones, tablets, social media. There seems to be much less ‘down time’ and relaxation. We live in a ‘have it all’ society with much greater choices and higher self and life expectations.
Stress is an individual experience and no two people will have the same experiences or symptoms.
Stress can be defined as the body’s reaction to any demand which requires a physical, psychological or emotional adjustment or response. The signs and symptoms of stress overload can be almost anything. Stress affects the mind, body, and behavior in many ways, and everyone experiences stress differently.
- Sleep problems
- Tension and pain – often in the shoulders, back and neck
- Headaches / Migraines
- Nail biting Teeth grinding
- Constipation / Diarrhoea
- Weight gain or loss
- High Blood Pressure
- Loss of libido
- Anger / Aggressiveness
- Worry / Anxiety
- Talking too fast
Long-term exposure to stress can lead to serious health problems. Chronic stress disrupts nearly every system in your body. It can raise blood pressure, suppress the immune system, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, contribute to infertility, and speed up the aging process. Long-term stress can even rewire the brain, leaving you more vulnerable to anxiety and depression.