Is stress affecting your body?
That is a loaded question! I would guarantee that stress affects everybody in some way. But how little or how much is the important question.
We all need stress. It is a normal human response that keeps our hormones and emotions working. We have all heard of fight or flight. One or the other is our natural response when something stressful happens to us. We choose to stand up to it and deal with it, or we choose to run away and avoid it.
Both reactions are perfectly normal.
But what happens when we are exposed to stress on a daily basis, and we don’t get a rest from the slaughter of cortisol (stress hormone) running through our body. We aren’t designed for constant stress. And this is when our body starts to fight back.
But our body is smart. The fight begins, we take small changes for granted. Our body is good at this. Adapting. Bypassing. Coping.
Until it can’t.
How long this takes is different for everyone. We all have different tolerance levels, different ways of coping or pushing through discomfort. Denial plays a big part when it comes to our mental and physical health. Our mind adapts, it compromises, it makes excuses that seem to make perfect sense at the time.
Until it can’t.
Then what happens? Our mind and body shut down.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a doctor, or specialize in this subject in any way. I can only tell you what has happened to me, and how I have dealt with it.
But if you think stress is affecting your health, do something now. Don’t wait until you can no longer function like I did. Stress is one factor that has led me to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I am unable to exercise, I am in a permanent brain fog, I have to rest regularly through the day just to do basic jobs, and I am no longer able to work. In the short term. I hope.
So, if you are feeling any of the following, take these signs as your body telling you something is wrong and don’t leave it too late.
Muscle pain from tension
Stomach problems (bloating, food intolerances, constipation, diarrhea, not digesting food properly)
Immunity problems (getting sick often)
Difficulty losing weight
If you are concerned about your health, go and see your GP. Exercise, healthy eating and meditation are all fantastic ways to help relieve stress.
Get help to put a plan in place to get you coping better before it affects your life.
I am currently on a journey to become the healthiest me I can be. I hope to share that with you, and hope that in some small way someone out there will recognize or relate to what I am saying. If we share our experiences it makes us feel less alone, we will be stronger and can fight harder. If you have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and need someone to talk about it with, I am here, and would love to hear your story. We can help each other get stronger.
My email address is on the Green Room website.