Stressful Impact!

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Stress is a commonly-used term to describe some of life’s “ups and downs”. Less commonly known is how large of an impact stress has on our bodies and minds. Stress can be defined as ANYTHING (e.g. toxins, trauma, emotions) that disrupts or challenges the balance in one’s body. Prolonged stress can affect the heart, blood vessels, and the immune system and can increase symptoms associated with certain disorders, including but not limited to:
- Asthma
- Constipation
- Lupus
- Multiple Sclerosis (M.S.)
- Eczema
- Depression
- Migraine Headaches

Even if you don't suffer from any of the disorders listed, stress can still have a negative impact and may cause symptoms such as:
- Muscle tension
- Anxiety
- Angry Outbursts
- Fatigue
- Irritability 

In order to combat these symptoms, it’s important to identify common sources of stress in your life. Stressors can vary from person to person and will likely change over time. 
Common external stressors include:
- Marital Separation
- Work or School
- Personal Injury/Illness
- Financial Status
- Change in Sleeping Habits
Common internal stressors include:
- Negative self-talk
- Pessimism 
- Lack of Assertiveness
- Fears
- Excess Worry

Understanding the influence that emotion has on thoughts and actions is crucial to combating the effects of stress. A few simple and no-frill methods of stress reduction include:
~ MEDITATION: spend at least 10 minutes a day on quiet reflection
~ EXERCISE: schedule a routine of daily movement (dancing, walking, lifting weights, etc.)
~ MASSAGE: studies show that as little as 10-15 minutes of relaxation massage can reduce the effects of stress
~ NUTRITION: eat a balanced diet, low in fat, sugar, and caffeine, to reduce unnecessary stress reactions in the body.
~ THOUGHT: become aware of how emotions influence your actions, then improve upon it. 

When riding this roller coaster of life, remember that you can control your responses to most challenges. Stress is a SERIOUS entity and should be considered and treated as seriously as any other condition of the human body. Commit to improvement today for a better ride tomorrow! Be Better. Be You. Be FIT!

 

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