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Is stress affecting your Health?

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There is good stress and bad stress.  Find out what kind of stress is useful, and what may affect your health.

Good Stress

Is a healthy adaptation in which there are biological changes that give extra energy to the body in need.  This kind of stress occurs when an athlete or other performers need to get the competitive advantage to push themselves further to master the task.

Yes, short-term stress may help you obtain that achievement-oriented goal.

The “fight or flight” responseThis is a short-term condition in which the adrenal glands mobilize adrenalin and cortisol to help the stress response or threat.  Normally after the crisis is over the body returns to its original balanced state.

Bad Stress

This kind of stress occurs when the body is exposed to high levels of stress over a long period of time.  Blood pressure can remain elevated making the body vulnerable to a number of stress-related diseases, usually behavioral and physiological problem.   This happens because the brain’s neurons are disrupted.  I’m sure you’ve experienced this.  It’s why you have trouble thinking straight when you are stressed or agitated.

Once a stressful event is over, the body reverts back to homeostasis.  The body activates neurotransmitters to help the body recover.  Stress becomes a problem when the stress response is not turned off.  When stress occurs over a long period of time, the adrenal glands become exhausted and you feel tired all the time, and you make become ill.

Longterm stress can decrease the ability of the body’s systems to work properly… even altogether.  More information can be found at http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health.

Common stress related Illnesses

Chronic stress can contribute to peptic ulcers, cardi diseased even cancer. Lately, I have read a lot of health reports about stress as a leading cause of cancer and can make present health problems worse.  To see more go to http://www.apa.org.

Workplace stress

In a world filled with uncertainty, you may be affected by over-work, pay cuts, layoffs, and downsizing.  I have suffered years and years of stress from work, and I know many others have too.  I had to change jobs to protect my health.

Here’s what you can do

  • Make sure you get enough sleep
  • Spend time outside, even if its only 15 mins.
  • Take a physical activity you like and turn it into a regular routine
  • Make a plan to avoid or minimize long-term stress
  • Get support
  • Some people find it helpful to write a journal

Take the time to learn new ways to help you deal with the stress, you’re worth it!

 

 

 

 

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Author: Debbie L. Belair

Dear friends, I first discovered writing while at Univesity studying Psychology and working on a BA. While in University I discovered that I loved writing and learning about writing more than the subjects themselves. I moved on and received an honours degree in creative writing. While at University, two of my poems were published. I am working on developing my author website, please be patient. I plan on including some short fiction and some tips on writing fiction for those just starting their journey.

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