You know you need to reduce your stress and learn more effective ways of dealing with it. I’m pretty sure that every wellness blogger out there has harped on this more times than either of us would care to count. Very rarely, however, do they tell you why. When they do tell you why, it’s often too detailed in the bodily response (hormones a, b, & c are released), but doesn’t translate that response into useful info like what those bodily responses MEAN in real life. So here’s your real life guide to the importance of stress management.
causes tension headaches.
causes you to be more susceptible to your migraine triggers.
can cause you to gain unhealthy amounts of weight in the areas of your body where it’s least healthy to do so
can can cause you to lose unhealthy amounts of weight (Yes. You can be too thin, despite what you see in TV, movies, and magazines)
makes weight loss difficult
turns your memory to swiss cheese
makes you more susceptible to illness (like getting every cold or flu bug that your coworkers bring into the office or your kid brings home from daycare or school)
causes upset stomach
makes conditions you already have worse or harder to control
makes it more likely that you’ll develop conditions you have a predisposition towards
causes high blood pressure
can cause or exacerbate anxiety/worry
can cause or exacerbate depression
increases your chance of workplace injury (according to OSHA & WebMD)
makes you moody
makes you irritable
makes it difficult to relax
causes aches and pains that no one can find a cause for
makes you feel exhausted all the time
makes you want to sleep excessively
causes rapid heartbeat &/or chest pain
increases nervous habits like nail biting, hair twirling, pacing, etc
makes fingernails grow ridges
causes hair loss
reduces your sex drive
causes frown lines
If you have any (or more than likely, several) of these effects, but don’t feel all that stressed, I’ll explain why in next week’s blog post. So, stay tuned. Feel free to subscribe by email or rss… hint, hint.