How Does Stress Affect Health?
“The human body is designed to experience stress and react to it. Stress can be positive, keeping us alert and ready to avoid danger. Stress becomes negative when a person faces continuous challenges without relief or relaxation between challenges. As a result, the person becomes overworked and stress-related tension builds.
Stress that continues without relief can lead to a condition called distress…a negative stress reaction.
Distress can lead to physical symptoms including headaches, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure, chest pains, and problems sleeping.
75%-90% of all doctor’s visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints.
D.K. Stress is all around us…My dear Aunt is 100 and she can’t believe all the hustle and bustle in the lives of many. She shares stories of how Mom’s and Dad’s would sit on the front porches and watch their kids play. People in her era did not race from one activity to another. I know I live on a constant time schedule which I do want to change. My mid 90’s Mom says, “take time to smell the roses while you can.”
With that in mind, let’s see what we can do to have less stress in our lives!!!
Dr. Crandall’s recommendations for stress relief:
Walk: When you walk you build up your cardiovascular system,. This results in an increase in oxygenated blood to the heart which in turn is pumped to the brain.
Take Vacations: Too often people forget to take a vacation. If money is an issue, plan a “staycation” where you just stay at home and get relief from work stress or take day trips.
Reconnect: A phone call or letter (not email) to a friend or loved one can enrich and expand your circle of emotional support.
Enjoy a Favorite Pastime or Revisit an Old Hobby: If you like to draw or paint when you were younger this might turn out to be a rewarding activity now.
D.K. Relaxation is so important for stress relief.
“ When we are under stress, our bodies release powerful hormones which cause cholesterol and blood sugar levels to soar, creating the conditions that can lead to Alzheimer’s Disease”…..Dr. Crandall
Swedish researchers found that those that reported being under stress during various points of their lives were more likely to develop Alzheimer’s Disease in old age.
Since the intent of this website is to be both informative and encouraging I have included videos that might be helpful.