The word “stress” was used for the first time in 1936 by Hans Selye who defined it as a response of the body to the demand for change. Contrary to popular belief, stress isn’t a bad thing. It relates to the changes that happen in your body when you are in a dangerous situation. The activation of the fight or flight response.
However, long-term or chronic stress, as we’ve become used to in modern life, is something completely different. It’s the response to suffering emotional pressure for an extended period of time in which the person feels like they have little to no control over their circumstances. Simply put, chronic stress can kill you!
Effects of Chronic Stress on Your Body
- Mental health issues like depression, anxiety and panic disorders
- Unexplained aches and pains
- Hair and skin problems such as hair loss, eczema and acne
- Metabolic issues such as GERD and IBS
- Sexual dysfunction such as loss of sexual desire and impotence
- Eating disorders
- Cardiovascular disease, including high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, heart disease, heart attacks and stroke
How to Manage Chronic Stress
Chronic stress in your life can leave you feeling run down, overwhelmed, and burnt out. Meditation is a proven way to manage and resolve chronic stress. There are numerous studies that confirm the benefits of meditation in treating stress.
People who practice meditation regularly, even if just for 10 minutes per day, are more resilient and creative, are able to focus on their daily tasks and have better health.
Meditation doesn’t have to be limited to a quiet room. It can be practised anywhere. Sitting behind your desk at work, standing in the queue at the store or while taking a walk in the park. As long as you focus your attention on your breathing, and allow your mind to become quiet, you will begin the process of destressing.
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