Posted on June 26, 2015 at 03:11 AM
There are over 1400 biochemical reactions that occur in your body in response to stress. These hormones like cortisol and adrenalin have numerous negative influences on our health.
These effects may include a negative impact on blood sugar regulation (insulin resistance), reducing resistance to infection, slowing wound healing, increasing risk of cardiovascular events, and increasing pain and inflammation. Anger is the most harmful to the heart, and if this emotion is regular and intense can increase risk of heart attack by 230%.
Typical responses to stress include addictive behaviours like drinking alcohol, drinking coffee excessively, smoking cigarettes and overeating. If you can identify that stress is impacting your health and compromising your lifestyle choices, acknowledge this is occurring and perhaps attempt a couple of the following techniques:
– Exercise in nature
– Practice gratefulness and forgiveness
– Communicate openly and effectively
– Seek love and social support
– Avoid excessive caffeine intake
(Source: Cardiologist Dr Mimi Guarneri, 2015)