Stress isn’t inherently a bad thing.

Really it’s a vital survival process that allowed us to flee from dangerous situation or prepare to fight during the “caveman” days. Even today, stress can motivate us to take action and help us get through important work. There is a time and a place for stress. The big problem today is that we’re under too much stress and feel it almost all the time. That’s when stress can become very dangerous and even deadly.

Stress tends to be categorized into two different types of stress.

Today, we aren’t referring to the “good” stress also called eustress. Today I’d like to focus on acute stress and chronic stress. Acute stress is what you feel when you’re in a dangerous situation. When your house catches on fire, and you barely get out, you’re feeling acute stress. While it takes a toll on the body, it’s not nearly as dangerous or deadly as chronic stress. This is the type of constant stress we feel day-in and day-out, in other words…chronically.

Health Impacts of Stress

It simply starts to take its wear on the body. Stress will do damage to your heart, your arteries, and even your gut and your immune system. Stressed women (and men) frequently suffer from high blood pressure, heart disease, stomach and digestive problems, ulcers, and due to the lowered immune system, they are more susceptible to various bacterial and viral infections like cold and flu. Add to that the fact that high stress is often accompanied by insomnia it’s no wonder we feel run-down, tired, and tend to have what I describe as FRC disease. That’s Feel Really Crappy disease.

Stress makes it harder to heal and recover from any injury or sickness. Most of us understand that stress is dangerous and something we need to address. It’s important to focus on reducing stress as much where we can and find ways to cope better.

What to Do

Here’s the deal. We have to actively make time for relaxation to give our body a chance to recoup and recover. While there isn’t always a lot we can do about external stressors, there is a lot we can do to counter balance the effects of stress, from yoga and meditation, to getting more sleep and cutting back on stimulants and/or distractions.

In light of all the damage chronic stress can do to your body and the negative effect it can have on your overall health and well-being, are you ready to embrace rest and relaxation? If so, don’t miss tomorrow’s post where we start to take a closer look. For now, simply start to become more aware of the stress you’re currently under. It’s much easier to start addressing the problem once you’ve become aware of it. Clarity and awareness provides for action. See you tomorrow.

If you know someone that would benefit from this 30 Day Relaxation and Stress Reduction Challenge, please send them here to sign up for the series.

Day 1 Welcome And How Relaxing More Can Help Reduce Stress
Day 2 The Dangers Of Stress