How Does Chronic Stress Affect Your Life?

How Does Chronic Stress Affect Your Life By Mateja Petje #WUVIP #TheWellnessUniverse #BlogOfTheDay
Chronic stress has become a major reason why people seek medical attention.

Even though I have been studying different healing techniques over the last 15 years, it does not mean that I am immune to stress. I have made it my mission to learn more about how to cope with everyday stressful situation more effectively.

I have been meditating over 15 years and still, I found myself in stressful situations, particularly when it comes to work. I was raised like most people believing that if I only get a degree and establish myself as a professional, and find a stable job, I will be in a good position to have a stress-free and joyful life.

It has not always been the case even though I am lucky to have more tools than most people. The last straw for me was when I worked for a medical billing company where I was not even doing what I was hired for. Even though the signs were there, and I was sick to my stomach most of the time, I was afraid to leave.

I believe the Universe made a decision for me and when I lost my job in October 2012. I decided to “stop playing small” and finally pursue my passion work. As a result of working in toxic work environments for several years, I developed acute gastritis which took me a year and a half to heal. This was my wake-up call. I knew I could not go on like this. So instead, I put all my trust and faith into the Universe and opened my own practice here in Boca. Can anyone relate to that?

Now, let’s look at some facts.

First of all, I want you to think and answer to yourself honestly if you are exhibiting any of the stress symptoms:

  • Behavioral: changes in eating, loss of interest in physical appearance, fidgeting, accident prone
  • Cognitive: negative thinking, racing thoughts, easily distracted
  • Cardiovascular: chest pain, dizziness, sweaty palms
  • Endocrine: join pain, excessive thirst, bloating
  • Gastrointestinal: change in appetite, constipation/diarrhea, nausea, gas pain
  • Immune system: frequent colds, mouth sores, strep throat
  • Muscular: back pain, nervous ticks, tight muscles
  • Respiratory: rapid breathing, shortness of breath
  • Skin: acne, flushed face, or pale

According to a recent American Psychological Association poll, nearly a quarter of Americans confessed to currently feeling under “extreme stress.” Respondents especially blamed money, work, and the economy, as well as strained relationships. Short periods of tension can actually be beneficial to people, sharpening thinking and heightening physical response in situations where performance counts, such as business meetings or athletic competitions.

But experts are clear that when individuals are routinely under assault—over money, health woes, a daily freeway commute, whatever—a biological system that was designed to occasionally fight or flee a predator gets markedly out of balance. “The body’s delicate feedback system starts to malfunction,” says David Spiegel, director of the Center on Stress and Health at Stanford University.

Stress has been found to play a role in so many diseases of modern life—from asthma, depression, and migraine flares to heart attacks, cancer, and diabetes—that it likely accounts for more than half of the country’s healthcare-related expenses, says George Chrousos, a distinguished visiting scientist at the National Institutes of Health (For more information please click here)

Some strategies that work:

  1. Peaceful wake-up call – create a morning ritual using affirmations, intentions, and meditation
  2. Yoga, meditation, relaxation
  3. Affirmations (check out Louise Hay)
  4. Healing breath-work with a certified practitioner
  5. Mind-body checks
  6. Identifying negative self-talk and distorted thinking (CBT)
  7. Identify your own specific needs and be assertive

– Mateja

Original Source to article, with many thanks to Mateja Petje