We hear a lot these days about "stress".It's just a part of life, right?We all have it in some form, we acknowledge it as part of life, but do we really understand what it's doing to our body, mind and spirit?Here's how stress damages your health (and your life, relationships, waistline, and more) in 13 sad steps:1. You think about something stressful; work, money, relationships, family, whatever's bothering you.2. Your amygdala (in your mid-brain) senses danger.3. Your amygdala helps to initiate your body's "fight-or-flight" response to stress.4. In "fight or flight", your body releases adrenaline and the "stress hormone" cortisol, diverts blood away from your digestive tract, leaving you less able to digest food and absorb nutrients AND more likely to gain weight.5. In this physiological "crisis mode," you're more vulnerable to pain; from chronic illness, arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraines, stomach upset, and more.6. In this state of heightened physiological "alert", your brain's creative center is deemed "non-essential" and shuts down. Down go your problem solving, your creative skills, your intuition.7. You feel increasingly irritable, isolated and impatient. Your relationships suffer.8. Stress affects your sleep. Your metabolism slows.9. Your body secretes even more cortisol, wreaking more havoc on your digestion (and waist line), increasing your blood pressure, lowering your immune response.10. After releasing too much cortisol for too long, your body goes into "adrenal fatigue". You feel depleted, exhausted, and depressed.11. You no longer have the energy to adhere to your exercise routine, your healthy eating, meditation, yoga. Migraines, insomnia, stress-related hair loss, chronic pain, and any number of other issues become regular parts of
your life.12. Battling low energy, you can hardly focus at work, and elsewhere. Your relationships suffer.13. Your depression deepens. You (and your body) are STRESSED OUT.Sound familiar?Before you stress any more...Don't worry!
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