A Case for Less Stress: 6 Reasons to Build Your Resiliency Muscles
- Psychological distress is a cause of physical illness. An emotionally distressed patient more often presents with physical symptoms than psychological complaints. Researchers believe that when people do not or cannot appropriately express emotions, unmet needs, or missed expectations, their bodies somatize, meaning, resort to expressing them in physical symptoms.
- Under stress, we are more likely to react emotionally to external stimuli (i.e.: our children, our mate, flat tires, traffic jams, changes at work, etc.). Our closest and most important relationships are often the ones negatively impacted by our unskilled and unintentional responses to stress.
- Chronic or unmanaged stress is associated with impaired immune system resistance to viral-linked disorders, ranging from the common cold and herpes to AIDS and cancer.
- A few diseases, known to be either induced, sustained or exacerbated by stress, are: anxiety, depression, acid peptic disease, fatigue, headaches, hypertension, irritable bowel syndrome, heart disease, insomnia, psoriasis, dermatitis, autoimmune diseases, obesity, and much more
- Many of the effects of stress on mind and body are due to increased sympathetic nervous system activity and an outpouring of adrenaline, cortisol and other stress-related hormones
- Stress can have effects on the hormones, brain neurotransmitters, additional small chemical messengers elsewhere, prostaglandins, as well as crucial enzyme systems, and metabolic activities that are still unknown. Stress has the potential to mess with your entire system!