Stress affects just about everything and is severely harmful to your health.
Mounting pressure turns the idea from living your life into enduring it. Stress is one of the very worst thing for your health, and it needs to be addressed with compassion and strategy.
Here are 5 common health issues – signs of stress – directly related to stress and what you can do to ease up the endless pressure life throws our way:
- Weakened immunity.
As soon as the pressure lets up, you suddenly find yourself with a cold or the flu. Not much of a surprise. Constant tension weakens the body, including the immune system, making you more susceptible to everything little germ floating in the air. Worse, when you’re stressed it’s more likely that simple little cold turns into something much less manageable, like bronchitis or pneumonia. Use effective essential oils to manage pressure and be sure to add more dark leafy greens and vitamin C to your daily diet. If you tend to ‘stress eat’ when the pressure gets to be too much, turn to healthier options that also satisfy that need to pamper and reward yourself.
Inflammation has been on the minds of many doctors over the last decade and recent research shows that constant stress causes the body to have low-level inflammation. This inflammation can be attributed to heart disease, arthritis, asthma, and even cancer. Try to keep inflammation in check by keeping your diet low in sugars, which can increase inflammation. Take your fish oil pills!
Yes, chronic stress can cause the body to lose moisture. Pressure also tends to cause us to make faces that enhance crows’ feet! Check in during the day and notice what kind of face you’re presenting to the world. Try to relax the muscles of your face with a little face yoga and one of our favorite relaxing and effective eye creams, Made From Earth’s Chamomile Eye Cream when you’re stressed.
- Weight gain.
Lack of sleep and stress go hand-in-hand with increasing your odds of weight gain. Whether that’s because of a bad diet or something more, stress isn’t good for your waistline. When you know you’ll be working late, pack some extra healthy options into your work bag, including carrots and hummus, tuna, or a piece of fruit. Try to avoid salty takeout which will only make your body work harder to process what you’ve eaten.
- Sexuality & Fertility issues.
Being stressed does nothing for your libido. And stress can also be a problem for women trying to conceive. Have a date night and open up to your partner. Talk to your partner and open up about what’s stressing you out and what would feel good. Spend the rest of the evening enjoying each other’s company and connecting physically.
Our health is everything. Whatever we can do to ease stress, pressure, and anxiety from our lives, we have to prioritize this goal to make sure we both enjoy our life to the fullest and remain as healthy as we can so we can continue to deal with the inevitable life pressures that will continue to come our way. It’s all about the way we handle it.