In my last post, I shared what happens in your body when you're stressed. Read it here if you haven't already. This week, I'm writing about the potential results of what happens in your body AND how you can change it for the positive.
When you learn exactly how your body responds to stress, it can be a HUGE “a-ha” moment.
It helps you understand what you can do to calm your body so you feel instantly more balanced and more in control – and why that’s so important!
It’s tempting to think we can power through stress, but over time it takes a real toll.
Here are just some of the ways stress change your body:
You can gain weight in the form of BODY FAT.
Having chronically high levels of the stress hormone cortisol can 1) make you hungry and 2) increase fat storage. That can contribute to weight gain and the buildup of fatty tissues.
It can make it HARD TO SLEEP.
Besides the fact that being stressed can keep you awake at night, when your cortisol levels are out of whack, it can make your body want to stay up at night and sleep during the day (which causes an even bigger hormonal disruption, affecting your hunger hormones).
You can feel aches, pains, and headaches.
When you’re stressed, your muscles tighten up. Over time, this can cause things like migraines and low-back pain – and even set the stage for injury!
It can hurt your heart.
Repeatedly high stress hormone levels, elevated heart rate and blood pressure can increase the risk for hypertension, heart attack or stroke.
Your immune system takes a big hit.
Over time, communication between your body’s stress response centers and your immune system becomes disrupted. This has been linked to the development of chronic fatigue, depression, immune disorders, diabetes, and obesity.
It’s bad for your gut.
It disrupts the workings of your digestive system – not just from the extra hormones floating around your body, but also by impacting your appetite. This can lead to acid reflux, bloating, nausea, pain, and even diarrhea or constipation.
Even your sex life can take a dive
Stress can dampen libido, disrupt menstrual cycles, and affect your fertility.
This is why it’s SO IMPORTANT to make time destress.
Your body is wired to handle short-term stress to get out of a jam. But it’s not set up to handle being “go-go-go” 24/7!
Here are some things you can do to destress yourself:
My new ebook “Release” outlines more than a dozen tips and techniques – including proven breathing exercises – to help you cut back your stress levels. You can get it by clicking below.
What's your first go-to when you're stressed? Please share in the comments below.
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