How Stress Affects Health, Your Job Performance, and Relationships
How stress affects health is shocking. Employers know the financial picture. But for employees the losses are bigger than just financial. Stress can affect your health or cause disharmony in your marriage. Daily meditation for women helps overcome stress effects, quickly and simply.
How many of the following health problems linked to stress affect you?
- heart disease
- sleep disorders
- obesity or being unable to lose weight
- depression and anxiety
- immune system disorders
- skin disorders and hair loss
- high blood pressure
Did you know that high blood pressure is the main cause of stroke? In a stroke, blood floods the brain from an erupted blood vessel. It can cause mild to severe damage in the body (unless stopped within four hours).
How stress affects health is well researched. For instance, Mayo Clinic researchers have shown that long term stress is closely linked to some of the above ailments.
How Long Term Vs. Short Term Stress Affects Health
Keep in mind, short term stress is normal. Health experts say it’s healthy and even necessary... because it motivates you! Typically, the worst that happens under pressure is a cold or flu. Often your short term stress resolves in a few days, as in an argument with your partner or best friend.
On the other hand, if you have been involved with the 'Big Four', pause and reflect. Was it short term or long term stress? The 'Big Four' are: marriage, death, moving and a new job.
These four have the highest stress ranking. Positive stress, such as your new marriage, can last months or years! So many adjustments ...
When someone you love dies you can feel devastated. Short, daily meditations are supportive in allowing you to feel your grief without being overwhelmed by it. There is so much to do when someone dies and the last thing you need to be immobilized. (You need a clear mind, especially if you are the Executor, for instance.) By calming you, meditation allows your love to grow and your stress to lessen, helping you go through the grieving journey.
How Stress Affects Health Through the 'Fight or Flight' Response
Staying healthy is highly individualized. You need to understand your own body, mind and emotions. Knowing how stress affects health in you means living longer, healthier. Even so, the following Physical Laws apply to us all.
Stress creates an influx of your 'fight or flight' hormones. Two you may know are cortisol and adrenaline. They are called stress hormones for a good reason. They enter the blood stream during the stress response cycle. The blood carries them to major organs like the heart, and the limbs.
Find out why you might be unable to lose weight and how stress hormones cause your body to store fat rather than burn it off!
These stress hormones create short bursts of energy. We would need energy if we were fighting a wild lion, or trying to run. In these times, your ‘wild lion’ may be your boss. You simply can't fight her, or run, and keep your job.
A single stressor causes no harm. The hormones are washed out of your body within 30 minutes. Your body returns to normal.
But if stress piles up stress affects health... watch out! Your body becomes toxic if these stress hormones repeatedly flood the bloodstream. Stress affects your health when toxic conditions at home or your job persist. That's the cause of so many chronic illnesses. Some are - unfortunately - deadly. Have hope ... you can wash away toxic stress with meditation.
How Brain Waves Affect Health
Has this ever happened to you? You get out of bed in the morning feeling every bit as tired as when you went to bed? This happens with both types of stress but is much more serious with long-term stress. Your sub-conscious mind can work endlessly, processing what happened during the day. It's like everything is being filed!
You have a healing capacity that's generated by your brain’s Alpha waves. Alpha waves give your body and mind the deep rest it needs. Alpha is responsible for inner peace and tranquility. There's just one little catch!
Your normal sleep state doesn't access Alpha brain waves. You can access Alpha in meditation, though. This was discovered by researchers decades ago through Bio-Feedback technology.
Just as stress affects health, meditation affects health, positively! Meditation is actually more restful than sleep. Meditators have 50% less cancer and 80% less heart disease. Of course, these statistics refer to people who meditate daily.
Meditation and stress relief can calm your mind and body. You can also get insights and intuitive guidance. It releases all kinds of tension. Listen online guided meditation if you're ready for for a variety of 3-5 minute creative visualizations. Or see Home Study for some meditation instructions. Whatever you choose, the important thing is, do it daily to stay well, prevent illness and sometimes even reverse it. Spontaneous Meditation works and everyone can do it! For a free relaxation tips, scroll to the bottom...
Biofeedback is another effective tool for learning to reduce stress and improve your health and quality of life without the use of drugs.
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