Stress and Disease – The Link and What You Can Do About It

Obviously, emotional stress isn’t the only factor in your susceptibility to disease, but it’s an important one. The link between stress and disease associated with heart conditions is well-known. But links between stress other diseases are gaining attention.

How Emotional Stress Impacts Your Body

The world is full of scary things. As a mammal, you are programmed by evolution to react to them with the “fight or flight” part of your nervous system. When that happens, your body is flooded with adrenaline, cortisol, and other stress hormones.

Unless you can get rid of all that energy, in other words, put it to use by fighting or running, it will build up in your body and your body’s defenses will wear down over time. You will have a poor immune system and you will be more vulnerable to all sickness, including disease.

How to Manage Stress

There are exercises as simple as breathing, grounding, and pounding. Which, when done properly provide you with the nervous system reset that will go a long way to protecting you from the effects of excess stress on your body.

Realistically, you don’t need more than 5 -10 minutes a day to manage this aspect of your long-term health-care plan. Why not give that to yourself?

If you’re ready to learn more about how to manage your stress, give me a call.

We’ll talk, and I’ll teach you how to do it.

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