Fact #1 Your body doesn't care if it's a big stress or a little one. Regardless of the significance, stress affects the body in predictable ways.If these reactions are left unchecked we age prematurely, our cognitive function is impaired, our energy is drained and we are robbed of our effectiveness and clarity.
Fact #2 Stress can make people do stupid things. Stress causes what brain researchers call "cortical inhibition". This means that stress inhibits a part of your brain and you can't function at your best.
Fact #3 People can become numb to their stress. Physiologically we may be under stress, but mentally numb to it because we've grown accustomed to it. Although they may be small these stresses can accumulate and we may not realize how much they're impairing our mental and emotional clarity and overall health. This may show up as a bad decision, overreaction or an unwanted diagnosis at the doctor's office.
Fact #4 We can control how we respond to stress.
Fact#5 The best strategy is to control stress in the moment. Don't hold stress all the day and wait until after work to go to yoga or the gym to relief stress. By this time our bodies have already initiated the stress response and it is our overall health that suffers.