Stress, The Silent Killer

Stress is recognized as the #1 proxy killer disease today.  The American Medical Association has noted that stress is at the root of more than 60% of all human illness and disease. 
Stress may be literally taking years off your life.  Stress can affect EVERY part of our body all the way from our brains to our reproductive system.
Brain & NervesHeadachesLack of energyIrritabilityIncreased or decreased eatingTrouble concentratingTrouble sleepingMental health problems (anxiety disorders & depression)SkinAcne & other skin problemsMuscles & JointsMuscle aches and tension (especially in the neck & shoulders)Increased risk for reduced bone densityHeartFaster heartbeatRise in blood pressureIncreased risk of high cholesterol & heart attackStomach  NauseaStomach painHeartburnWeight gainPancreasIncreased risk for diabetesIntestinesDiarrheaConstipationOther digestive problemsReproductive SystemLoss of libidoFor women – painful or irregular periodsFor men – impotence & lower sperm productionImmune SystemLowered ability to fight or recover from illness It’s Not Going Away 
We are all under stress each and everyday.  In today’s world stress is all around us even in ‘normal times.  However, our response to the stress we face may be a bigger issue than the actual stress itself.

Growing up we are taught many things in and out of school, managing stress is NOT one of them.  Then as adults, we find ourselves in VERY stressful situations without the tools to deal with them.  Often times after these stressful events or long-term chronic stress we develop health issues such as adrenal fatigue.  Or we end up on medications that could have far worse side effects… Creating your Toolbox 
Just as there is no “one” nutrition plan for everyone there is not “one” way to manage stress.  Each person has to identify what works for them and put different tools in their “stress management toolbox.”  Below are some ways to manage stress.SimplifyPrioritizeYogaMeditationLaughPractice MindfulnessSet boundariesAvoid stimulants and sugarAvoid negative peopleSleepLearn to say noPractice self-careExercise Take Care of YOU! 
Stress is affecting us more than we even know.  Creating the time and space to slow down and calm our minds and bodies is essential for optimal health and well-being.  Next time you find yourself highly stressed, try 4-7-8 breathing, a method of breathing deeply and rhythmically.
Here is a quick article link to explain.

People use this technique to lessen anxiety and even fall asleep faster.( how great would that be?)
Have you ever tried 4-7-8 breathing? 
Have another tip for relieving stress? Hit reply and let me know.
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