Chronic Stress

Chronic Stress
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Chronic Stress

Introduction

What Is Stress?

According to WebMD, 43% of all adults incur adverse health effects from stress.

Stress is a loaded word. What does that mean?

Well, we tend to use the word stress to mean anything that is seemingly a hassle, or unpleasant to deal with.

The American Institute Of Stress says, “Stress is not a useful term for scientists because it is such a highly subjective phenomenon that it defies definition.”

The dictionary defines stress as…

1. “Pressure or tension exerted on a material object.”

“2. A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.”

Historically, this hormone was only released when under threat of danger to life, but times have changed, and now something as trivial as being late for work induces a similar response in our bodies.

Regardless of the negative reputation, stress has developed over the years; it is an essential response to our survival, even if we are not actively under threat.

This stress response helps prepare the body for what is about to come, and along with the neurotransmitter epinephrine/Adrenalin, gives rise to the “fight or flight” reflex within the autonomic nervous system.

Table Of Contents

What Is Stress ………………………………………………………………………………… 1

Stress Reaction: Fight-Or-Flight Response ……………………………………….. 2

The Autonomic Nervous System ………………………………………………………. 2

The Fight Or Flight Response …………………………………………………………… 2

Common Causes Of The Modern Stress Response ……………………………… 4

Key Stress Statistics ………………………………………………………………………… 6

Acute Versus Chronic Stress …………………………………………………………….. 7

Not All Stress Is Bad ………………………………………………………………………… 7

Acute Stress ……………………………………………………………………………………. 8

Chronic Stress ………………………………………………………………………………… 9

Chronic Stress Is The Worst Stress …………………………………………………… 10

Stress Hormones and Your Health …………………………………………………… 13

Cortisol …………………………………………………………………………………………. 13

Adrenaline …………………………………………………………………………………….. 13

Norepinephrine………………………………………………………………………………. 13

Signs And Symptoms Of Chronic Stress ……………………………………………. 18

Physical …………………………………………………………………………………………. 18

Psychological/Mind ……………………………………………………………………….. 20

Mood ……………………………………………………………………………………………. 20

Lifestyle And Habits ……………………………………………………………………….. 21

Effects Of Unmanaged Chronic Stress ………………………………………………. 22

The Body ……………………………………………………………………………………….. 22

Stress Eating ………………………………………………………………………………….. 22

Weight Gain and Obesity …………………………………………………………………. 23

Depressed Immunity ……………………………………………………………………….. 23

Hypertension ………………………………………………………………………………….. 23

Gastrointestinal System …………………………………………………………………… 23

Male Reproductive System ……………………………………………………………….. 24

Female Reproductive System ……………………………………………………………. 24

Metabolic Syndrome ………………………………………………………………………… 24

Blood Sugar Imbalance and Diabetes ………………………………………………… 25

Respiratory System ………………………………………………………………………….. 25

Deep Venous Thrombosis …………………………………………………………………. 25

Musculoskeletal System ……………………………………………………………………. 25

Skin Conditions ……………………………………………………………………………….. 26

Other Physical Effects ………………………………………………………………………. 26

Mind and Mood ……………………………………………………………………………….. 26

Behavior ………………………………………………………………………………………….. 27

The Spirit ………………………………………………………………………………………… 28

Quality Of Life …………………………………………………………………………………. 28

18 Risk Factors For Chronic Stress …………………………………………………….. 29

The Worst Ways To Deal With Stress …………………………………………………. 32

The Relaxation Response: The Antidote For Stress ……………………………… 35

Effective Stress Management ……………………………………………………………. 40

Identifying Your Stressors: Step One In Effective Stress Management ….. 40

14 Ways To Reduce Work-Related Stress ……………………………………………. 43

27 Effective Stress Management Techniques ………………………………………. 46

Exercise …………………………………………………………………………………………… 46

Be Timely ………………………………………………………………………………………… 46

Meditation ………………………………………………………………………………………. 46

Eat A Diet With Lots Of Whole Foods ………………………………………………… 49

Change Limiting Beliefs ……………………………………………………………………. 49

MBSR ……………………………………………………………………………………………… 49

Progressive Muscle Relaxation ………………………………………………………….. 49

Take Control …………………………………………………………………………………….. 51

Create Predictability …………………………………………………………………………. 52

Mind-Body Exercise …………………………………………………………………………. 52

Try Laughter Yoga ……………………………………………………………………………. 53

Positive …………………………………………………………………………………………. 53

Positive Emotions …………………………………………………………………………….. 53

Gratitude …………………………………………………………………………………………. 54

Visualization …………………………………………………………………………………….. 54

Manage Your Emotional Response ……………………………………………………… 54

Time Management …………………………………………………………………………….. 55

Have Fun ………………………………………………………………………………………….. 55

Work-Life Balance …………………………………………………………………………….. 55

Deep Breathing …………………………………………………………………………………. 56

Release Frustration ……………………………………………………………………………. 56

Laugh Often ………………………………………………………………………………………. 57

Listen To Music …………………………………………………………………………………. 58

Vitamins …………………………………………………………………………………………… 58

Support System And Social Network ……………………………………………………. 59

Stay The Course …………………………………………………………………………………. 59

Get Help ……………………………………………………………………………………………. 60

Stress And Body Aches: What You Can Do ……………………………………………. 61

Final Thoughts …………………………………………………………………………………… 63