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It’s True – Chronic Stress And Anxiety Are Silently Killing You

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Don’t be the next fatality of chronic stress and anxiety!!

The effects of chronic stress and anxiety on your body are devastating! The harm done by this silent killer penetrates a wide range of your health and well-being. Physical. Mental. Emotional.

Furthermore, because you are dealing with a silent killer, you may not even realize that things are going drastically wrong.  You need to know the symptoms.

So read on to find out  how this silent killer poses may be wreaking havoc in your life.

Chronic Stress And Anxiety Increases Your Cardiac Risk Factors

Heart disease doesn’t just happen overnight (unless you have a genetic condition).  It’s usually a gradual accrual of factors needed to brew the perfect storm.chronic stress and anxiety

Chronic states of stress  and anxiety promote inflammation in the body, and cause blood to thicken.

Think of an injury; the body makes the necessary changes to minimize blood loss. But when there isn’t an active injury, thickening blood serves no beneficial use.

Increased blood pressure makes you prone to suffering a stroke, which can also pose a real threat to the brain, along with the circulatory system.

Chronic Stress and Anxiety Weakens The Immune System

Under normal conditions, a short burst of cortisol and adrenaline won’t hamper your immune system.  However, when acute stress impulses occur much more frequently, those stress hormones are always in the blood.  THAT’s when bad things start to happen.

You become easy target to opportunistic infections, and find yourself under the weather often. Moreover, your immune system gradually becomes desensitized.

Under normal conditions, the immune system recognizes what it means when certain hormones aggregate at an area.  It usually means a breach of some sort has occurred, and immune compounds are sent to the location. There they start attacking invaders and sealing the area.

But chronic stress forces the immune system to send these compounds unnecessarily, which desensitizing the response over time. Think of the boy who cried wolf one time too many.

Chronic Stress And Anxiety Negatively Affect Mood

The most stressed people often don’t sleep well, which by itself lends to a slippery slope. Sleep deprivation upsets the normal balance of brain neurotransmitters, among them  serotonin, one of the key mood enhancing brain chemicals.

Depression may ensue and you may lose your drive and general satisfaction with life.

This is why it is important to set aside time for sleep and recreation, as it’s not merely wasting time but what your  body URGENTLY needs to combat stress successfully.

Chronic Stress And Anxiety Ages You prematurely

Have you ever been shocked to see an old friend from school, after a couple years? That person may have aged 25 years in the space of just 5, and looked well beyond their real age. This is one of the effects chronic stress.

Those killer stress hormones would rather crash your metabolism and help you conserve every calorie you eat rather than let those nutrients travel to your skin so you look good.

Likewise, brain deterioration sets in much faster.  The result is that a seemingly young person is prone to forgetting simple things and making mistakes otherwise associated with an aging mind.

Are you convinced that chronic stress and anxiety are silent killers?

Are they already wreaking havoc on your health and well-being?

You need to TAKE ACTION NOW to FREE yourself from chronic stress!

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6 Comments

  1. I needed to see this today. Have so much stress in my life right now… Some of it I cannot wrangle and mitigate some of it I know that I can

    1. Darlene Berkel says:

      Thanks for the comment Carla. Handle the stress that you CAN handle and get that under control. That alone may make a huge difference and give you the create space and calm to deal with the tougher stressors that are mire difficult for you to wrangle and mitigate. They key is to take action to address the stress in your life…DO NOT IGNORE IT!

  2. As a weight coach, I work with so many stress eaters! Stress eating and all of that cortisol cause weight gain, adding to your list of the unhealthy effects of too much stress. Great post.

    1. Darlene Berkel says:

      Thanks for dropping by Shari! Stress eating is a HUGE problem. One that so many women overlook or are not aware of as they try to lose weight and keep it off. Stress leads to harmful stress hormones ( cortisol and others) which triggers weight gain, which worsens stress eating which compounds stress and leads to more weight gain! Its a viscous cycle.

      The key to stress and weight management is to first tackle the stressors in your life. You may be struggling with common daily stressors or you may be wrangling with more chronic major stressors and life challenges. But you got to deal with stress first!

      Then tackle the nutritional aspects of your lifestyle, and finally tackle how much you move (i.e. exercise)!

      The same lifestyle changes that help you conquer stress are miraculously the same things that can help you lose weight and keep it off for good! I teach the two-prong approach: conquest stress, lose weight! 🙂

  3. Oh, my word! Scary! Thank you for the heads-up!

    1. Darlene Berkel says:

      Scary indeed Diane. All the havoc stress wreaks in our lives…silently, while we chug along day after day, not realizing the harm being done until it may be too late. Knowledge is power. My goal is to empower women to not only identify their stressors, but also teach them HOW to remove and/or mitigate them. Life is too short to allow chronic stress to permanently reside in our lives. As far as I am concerned stress is an unwelcome guest.

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