Stress build-up takes its toll on our bodies, usually on those areas that are genetically weak, and can lead to chronic illness.
Because there are so many different manifestations of stress build-up, stress is often not recognised as the cause of illness.
Worse still, once identified many try to ignore it, fearing it is a sign of weakness.
When we are first stressed, the brain signals the release of Adrenalin and Cortisol. These are hormones that boost our blood sugar and oxygen levels, push more blood to the brain.
In the short term stress suppresses the immune system, increasing the risk of infections; slows down the body’s rate of repair; slows down the metabolism; robs the body of vital nutrients.
Medium term, as we become more and more stressed out, so our body begins to adapt to the high level of stress hormones. As a result we feel increasingly anxious, fatigued and prone to mood swings.
Long-term stress promotes rapid ageing; leads to weight gain; increases the risk of developing osteoporosis, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer and digestive problems.
We become exhausted and depleted of vitamins and minerals. Our energy plummets and our bodies ability to produce Adrenalin decreases.
Consequently our emotions take a dive and we may experience the following:
- Anxiety, fear, restlessness
- Irritability, anger
- Loss of libido
- Impaired memory and concentration