STRESS:

Chronic worry and emotional stress can make you sick.

When fight or flight is triggered by excessive worrying and anxiety it causes the body’s sympathetic nervous system to release stress hormones such as cortisol.

 

Stress symptoms are good warning signs that something is out of balance. 

We can recognise we are stressed by watching out for a number of stress symptoms:

Emotional:

  • Becoming easily agitated, frustrated, and moody

  • Feeling overwhelmed, like you are losing control or need to take control

  • Having difficulty relaxing and quieting your mind

  • Feeling bad about yourself (low self-esteem), lonely, worthless, and depressed

  • Avoiding others

Mental:

  • Constant worrying

  • Racing thoughts

  • Forgetfulness and disorganization

  • Inability to focus

  • Poor judgment

  • Being pessimistic or seeing only the negative side

  • Procrastinating and avoiding responsibilities

Physical:

  • Low energy

  • Headaches

  • Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation, and nausea

  • Aches, pains, and tense muscles

  • Chest pain and rapid heartbeat

  • Insomnia

  • Frequent colds and infections

  • Loss of sexual desire and/or ability

  • Nervousness and shaking, ringing in the ear, cold or sweaty hands and feet

  • Dry mouth and difficulty swallowing

  • Clenched jaw and grinding teeth

  • Changes in appetite -- either not eating or eating too much

  • Nail biting, fidgeting, and pacing

Stress & Cortisol

When stress is prolonged the body increases the amount of cortisol and reduces the amount of DHEA.

This imbalance for extended periods of time has been associated with :

  • Increased fat around waist and hips (Marin, 1992)
  • Obesity (Marin, 1992)

  • Diabetes (Nestler, 1992)

  • Hypertension (Shafagoj, 1992)

  • Heart Disease (Barrett-Connor, 1986)

  • Cancer (Bhatavdekar, 1994)

  • Alzheimer’s (Nasman, 1995)

  • HIV-related diseases (Wisniewski, 1993)

High Cortisol : Low DHEA
  • Accelerated aging (Kerr et al., 1991; Namiki, 1994)

  • Brain cell death (Kerr et al., 1991; Sapolsky, 1992)

  • Impaired memory and learning (Kerr et al., 1991; Sapolsky, 1992)

  • Decreased bone density; increased osteoporosis (Manolagas, 1979)

  • Reduced muscle mass (Beme, 1993)

  • Reduced skin growth and regeneration (Beme, 1993)

  • Impaired immune function(Hiemke, 1994)

  • Increased blood sugar (DeFeo, 1989)

HeartMath techniques have been scientifically proven to assist in reducing cortisol and increasing DHEA hormone levels in our bodies. 

SHORT TERM:

  • Difficulty swallowing

  • Dizziness

  • Dry mouth

  • Fast heartbeat

  • Fatigue

  • Headaches

  • Inability to concentrate

  • Irritability

LONG TERM:

  • Suppression of the immune system

  • Digestive disorders

  • Muscle tension

  • Short-term memory loss

  • Premature coronary artery disease

  • Heart attack

  • Depression

  • Suicide/Suicidal Thoughts

  • Muscle aches

  • Muscle tension

  • Nausea

  • Nervous energy

  • Rapid breathing

  • Shortness of breath

  • Sweating

  • Trembling and twitching

STRESS DOESN'T MAKE YOU SICK, IT'S THE WAY YOU REACT TO IT.

 

 There are things you can do to change the way you respond.

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