The negative effects of stress on your life

Your body is designed to be very resilient, yet over time, if you are chronically stressed then just the same as with anything else, something has to give.  Usually, it’s a case of the straw that broke the camel’s back, meaning, a particular trigger brings about a cathartic release of emotional and physical symptoms that have been repressed for a long period of time; like a door on a sinking ship - it can only hold the force of the water filling up outside, before the door gives in.

When this happens, this is when we tend to visit the doctor complaining of rather advanced issues such as angina or a mental health condition.  See, when it comes to health, prevention is better than cure. Indeed, in all areas of women’s health prevention is better than cure and early diagnosis of any potential issues is fundamental to optimising the chance of recovery… yet, we often put things off, which in turn causes stress, which exacerbates the physical condition and the “stress cycle” continues.

Often, it’s women in high paying jobs that suffer the most from stress, as their lifestyle is inherently stressful, particularly if they are having to balance being a good partner and parent with a high powered career.  Yet, stress is not limited to career women, indeed, raising a family can be a very stressful endeavour in itself.

When it comes to stress, your body is one connected unit, meaning the mind and body work in tandem rather than separately.  This means that your emotions can have a significant effect on your physical health, and vice versa.

When we look at the word disease, we can see it represents the body being in a state of “dis-ease” meaning disharmony.  In scientific terms, it means your body is not in a state of balance and homeostasis.

As a result, your body will develop external manifestations of this state of unbalance - with the most common symptoms being relatively simple, such as headaches, muscle pain, jaw ache, and difficulty sleeping.  In themself, they are not too serious, but when viewed as warning signs of what’s happening in your body it’s important to notice them and do something about them.

This means it’s important to resolve the root cause, rather than simply treat the symptoms, as so many people reach for paracetamol to take away the pain of a headache - but all paracetamol does is block the pain; so you feel it less -- the pain still exists, and the reason for the headache is still present… it’s just masking the pain.

Whereas, when you take a more holistic approach and look to resolve the root cause, you can start to bring your body back into a state of balance - meaning, you are soothing the symptoms by healing your body at a more internal level.

In summary, it’s important not to overlook the negative effect that stress can have on your body… but ‘stress’ exists and rather than attempt to avoid it - it is more realistic to consider how to manage stress instead.

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