Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Stress: How to Not Let It Affect You

Our lives are full of stressful situations. Whether you were trying to beat that April 15th tax deadline or didn't and now have to request an extension, chances are you were stressed out. Stress is recognized as the #1 proxy killer disease today. The American Medical Association has noted that stress is the basic cause of more than 60% of all human illness and disease. Below is a diagram showing you how stress can affect your body and some insightful stress facts that many people are unaware of. Don't let stress take over your life and ask us how we can help you out with Chiropractic care. 

                          ( http://www.heartmath.com/infographics/how-stress-effects-the-body.html)

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. 


1 comment:

  1. This sounds good and its like it happens in my life. I am now learning to some easy tips to manage my stress and improve my overall well being. This is a nice post. Many thanks for this.