Stress Manager Series: What is Stress and How Does it Affects Us?

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In this series on stress management, I want to impart and share with you what I have learned about stress and behaviors that will increase the calm in your life, improving your daily satisfaction. Most importantly, it will improve your health.

The United Nations has actually declared stress a worldwide epidemic. Most doctors and researchers have concluded that stress is responsible over 80 to 90% of all illnesses and diseases. It’s very disturbing, right?

My Story

I know this all too well. As a young mother and entrepreneur, I was diagnosed in my late 20’s with an autoimmune disorder that was threatening to take my life. The doctors actually gave me three choices:

  • The first choice was to take a large grocery bag full of medication every day for the rest of my life. I didn’t particularly care for that option. Who would want to take a lot of medicines in order to survive?
  • The second option was to have body parts removed to maybe stop the disease and prolong my life. I didn’t like that option either. I don’t want to spend my entire life with incomplete body parts. I don’t want to live that way because I would feel like I’m half dead too.
  • The third option was to continue living the life that I was living and die an early death. The options are not applicable to me. I don’t want to die young and die a miserable death!

I could not believe what the doctors were saying to me. I was the healthiest person that I knew!

I exercised regularly.

I ate well.

I ate the right foods.

I was doing all the right things that I was told to do to be healthy.

To be told that my body was attacking itself, it felt like I was dying on the inside. It was shocking. I keep on asking myself those questions. That was stressful.

Habits to Cope With Stress

To improve my health I started to research ways to heal my body. Along the way, I discovered habits that we need to develop to alleviate conditions our bodies are put through on a daily basis. We have to do these to cope with the pressure and stress we encounter every day.

Our lives are stressful to our bodies. The work, the environment, and all the pressure – it all brings to stress to us! Our bodies are not really meant to be under this constant fight or flight feeling where hormones kick in, we make quick decisions and then return to a normal baseline. That is what is happening in the majority of our lives.

We get up.

We are rushed through our morning.

We get to work after sitting in traffic.

Our boss tells us out report has to be rewritten by noon.

By the time we get home, we have to rush through dinner.

If you’re a working mom like me, you are likely trying to get your kids where they need to be and still provide a healthy meal.

Our body receives that busy-busy-busy and stress-stress-stress! And our body doesn’t have a long enough chance to cool off.

The thing that I want to emphasize in this first part of my Stress Management Series is that too much stress is not good for us. It abuses our body and leads to health failure.

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