The majority of people living in the developed world are suffering from a variety of health issues that can traced back to a common cause, namely stress. Stress is the primary cause of most health problems and while modern medicine is great at treating the side-effects of stress, it does not deal with the cause of the problem. There are drug free ways to treat stress like massage therapy but we have to take a deeper dive reviewing the risk if we don’t learn how to deal with the stresses of modern day life.
Health Effects of Too Much Stress
The human body is capable of dealing with a tremendous amount of stress but only in short bursts, the “fight or flight” response is a great example of this. Adrenaline is released and we deal with the situation, then return to normal stress levels. That is how the body was designed to function in nature but in modern life, we are living in a state of constant stress. When a person is under stress and cannot utilize the natural fight or flight response, the body builds up hormones with the two most damaging being Cortisol and Adrenaline. These hormones are perfectly safe when distributed in small amounts but over a prolonged period of time, it leads to a series of serious health problems. When Cortisol is present for a long time, it stimulates the release of insulin which forces the body to store excess amounts of fat around the midsection. You will notice a significant number of people have excess fat around their stomach which is due to heightened levels of Cortisol from not being able to handle their stress in a healthy way.
Adrenaline is a hormone that can help us overcome a variety of immediate threats to our health and well-being. Over time, the adrenal glands will become fatigued and when presented with a true emergency, your body will not be able to properly react to it. Along with the reduce sensitivity to adrenaline, the constant adrenaline in your blood stream will put you at risk of heart attacks which could lead to death.
These are just two of the ways you could have negative health effects from poorly managed stress, it is by no means the only ill affects you will experience.
Ways to Deal with Excessive Stress
There are some effective ways you can deal with excessive stress. One is by going for regular massage therapy so the excess stress that has built up in your body over time can be released. The massage will help release all of the tension you are feeling and promote circulation. Also during the massage your mind will be taken off the stress you are constantly thinking about and let you focus on just enjoying the massage.
Along with going for massages on a regular basis, you also need to develop healthier eating habits and getting exercise on a regular basis. Stress is a fact of life, but with the right coping mechanisms you will be able to deal with it in a healthy fashion.