Here, we have provided a whole list of things that stress can do to you if you do not take care of it.
Take a look at these paragraphs blow that were cut out of an American health website. The owner of the website, a physiatrist, talks about one of her patients.
Jack, 60 years old, is a client of mine. Jack had been in a very difficult, codependent marriage with Stella - a marriage where Jack completely gave himself up in his attempts to avoid Stella’s anger, threats and blame. Jack sought my help regarding extricating himself from this very unhappy relationship and was finally able to end the marriage. Subsequently, Jack sent me the following email:
“Hi Margaret, I hope all is going well with you. I thought you might be interested in a health change I have noticed. In my last year of marriage to Stella I started having pressure in my chest when I started exercising. I went to several cardiologists. I felt the first one was an alarmist. He wanted to do an angiogram immediately and he wanted permission to do angioplasty at the same time if necessary. I told him that I would get back to him. I immediately went on a better exercise program and took additional supplements for my heart. Over a period of several months I visited three other cardiologists. A very well respected cardiologist had the great idea of doing another stress test on me. When he finished the stress test he said he did not see any reason to do anything different that what I was doing. The pressure I was feeling was still there at the start of exercise but it would go away as I continued to exercise.
On December 31, 2005 I made my last support payment to Stella. I have not felt any pressure in my chest since then at the start of exercising or any other time. I actually feel an upward shift in my energy level. I know that stress has a lot to do with health and with the last payment I must have released a lot of stress.
I am interested to hear your opinion about this. Stress can be so silent that I do not know if I am always aware of it.”
Recent research indicates that stress may be behind at least 90% of illness. Often, when we have physical problems, we seek a purely physical answer. Yet if stress is the underlying cause of 90% of illness, it is very important to learn about what is causing stress.
If Jack had realized that his heart pain was stress-related, he might have been able to go discover what was really causing the stress much earlier and solve the problem.
The biggest problem is that we humans get used to stress, and we learn to live with it, baring it on our heads, our shoulders, our hearts. While stress gets rooted into our bodies we become bitter, angry, impatient and generally not pleasant to be with or around.
The longer stress goes on the less able we are to cope and the worse the physical effects may be. Stress is accepted as a contributing factor in the following illnesses:
Stress in the pregnant mother has even been found to affect the unborn child. Research has shown that if the mother is very anxious, the baby will tend to be smaller or to be born prematurely. One London hospital study revealed that “cortisol” (a stress chemical) passes from anxious mothers to their unborn babies and may lead to those babies being more prone to stress in later life.
Work stress plays a very major role in hurting married life. Most of the men and women bring their stress home and play havoc with their married life.
Dr. Ward Coleman, N.D. and President of Four Mountains, Inc.
"Stress makes our body store fat, which is stored energy, especially around the waist. This is a stress survival strategy. When the brain perceives stress, it makes the body do all kinds of things you would never want it to, unless of course you really were in a survival situation. If you were lost in the deep desert you would want your body to store energy as fat as this would help you make the long perilous journey back to civilization. The problem is that ALL stress triggers our fat storing mechanisms, even if we're just sitting in traffic and running late. Under stress, the body just does what it does, and storing fat is one of those things,”
Having understood that stress is a pretty deadly thing and that we MUST take care of it, let us take a look at specific things that one can do to deal with the problem of stress.
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