IMPACT OF PROLONGED STRESS 

When stuck in stress, many believe there is something wrong with them (or others around them).  In stress everyone is reacting to each other, keeping a family or workplace stressful.  Emotional reactions add unto the stress for everyone.  Left unchecked it is a growing downward spiral. 

We have two modes of operating from our autonomic nervous system:  sympathetic  (fight/flight/freeze-reactive) and parasympathetic nervous system (calm & level-headed).   Ideally these operate in balance, giving us resilience and adaptability in life.  But when operate in a high stress where our sympathetic nervous system constantly dominates, our body constantly releases cortisol.  Cortisol prevents our body from having the opportunity to rest and repair.  Here is a great video by Dr. Eric Berg DC that explains the impact of operating long-term in stress.

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Consequences of long term stress (from webmd): 

  • Mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, and personality disorders

  • Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease, high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, heart attacks, and stroke

  • Obesity and other eating disorders

  • Menstrual problems

  • Headaches & Migraines

  • Sexual dysfunction, such as impotence and premature ejaculation in men and loss of sexual desire in both men and women

  • Skin and hair problems, such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema, and permanent hair loss

  • Gastrointestinal problems, such as GERD, gastritis, ulcerative colitis, and irritable colon (Indigestion or acid reflux symptoms, Upset stomach, diarrhea)

  • 99% of Auto Immune problems come from being triggered by major stress (loss, moving, divorce, death, a major upset, feeling abandoned, etc.), such as Fibromyalgia, MS, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Celiac, Chronic Fatigue, Lupus, Lyme, Hashimoto's/hypothyroid.  Click here for a complete of auto immune diseases.

Additional symptom's of stress: 

  • Dizziness or a general feeling of "being out of it."

  • Problems sleeping.& Insomnia which adds to ill health, sleep is when dead brain cells are carried out and body is able to repair itself.

  • General aches and pains.

  • Grinding teeth, clenched jaw.

  • Muscle tension in neck, face or shoulders.

  • Racing heart.

  • Cold and sweaty palms.

  • Tiredness, exhaustion.

  • Trembling/shaking.

  • Weight gain or loss

  • Stress directly causes addictions