Stress: A train ticket to more health problems than you want

By Tinita Tennant -

Life can be so demanding. How many times have you heard someone say, or you have said to yourself, “there just aren’t enough hours in a day?” Or how many times have you wanted to pull your hair out because it seemed like everything that could possibly go wrong in a week, went wrong in one day? It’s easy to find yourself being pulled in several different directions at once and feel overwhelmed. Between work, family, finances, and all of the uncontrollables in the world around us, there is more than enough stress to drive someone crazy and right into the grave.

Stress is a normal part of life but not having a handle on your stress level can actually lead to health issues. Yes, stress can kill you.

Everyone has different stress triggers. According to research and surveys 40 percent of U.S. workers says they experience work related stress. Factors of work stress can include, being unhappy at your job, feeling stagnant and not promoting, poor management and working under dangerous conditions to name a few. Life also has its stressors from marriage, kids, finances, caring for an elderly parent, loss of a loved one, divorce, natural disaster, unemployment and many others.

In addition to work and life stress are the indirect stressors of the outside world. The news is a big stressor for many, hearing about crime, terrorist attacks, changes in legislation, can all trigger stressful emotions in a person.

Dangers of stress according to Healthline News include difficulty controlling emotions. A study done by neuroscientists at New York University (NYU), found that even mild levels of stress can impair your ability to control your emotions. Chronic Stress has also been linked to cancer, lung disease, suicide and cirrhosis from drinking alcohol. Stress can affect your sex life, leading to impotence, and ruin your heart, increasing chances of heart attacks and sudden deaths after major stress-inducing incidents.

Stress can also lead to weight gain. Researchers at the University of Miami found that when in stressful situations people likely consumed 40 percent more food than normal. It can also weaken your immune system, because stress is so demanding on the body, that the immune system suffers, making you vulnerable to colds and infection.

Since stress will inevitably arise from time to time, it is important to know and master how to combat it.

Psychology Today recommends that if you are struggling with stress or anxiety, to try some of these common ways to combat the stress in your life: exercise, meditation, yoga, deep breathing, eating healthy, getting adequate sleep, spending time with people you enjoy, scheduling time to focus on your favorite hobbies, and seek professional help.

Managing your stress can literally be a matter of life or death. Choose life and incorporate some of these techniques to reduce your stress and always consult with your doctor.

By Tinita Tennant

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