Most of you are just getting back to your routines after the holidays and the process of easing back into your day really is not an option. It ‘s wakes up, hit the alarm, feet on the floor and let’s do this. So, it not really difficult to understand why everyone is so stressed out.
Whether you’re working overtime, battling exams, or caring for a sick relative, chronic stress has become commonplace and this this time of year there are added pressures of mounting bills from the holiday spend. We also live in a culture of over stimulation, keeping track of every text or email. We are one click away from anything that we want or need. All this stress causes physiological changes in your body that over time can even lead to chronic illness. When your body in under stress it produces a cascade of reactions.Your brain senses that it is under attack, your brain responds by sending back a number of physical responses to halt the stress. Your heart rate may increase, you may sweat more or your muscles may tense and a number of other reactions that help you to fight the threat off or flee to safety.
Unfortunately, the body can also overreact to stressors that are
non-life-threatening, such as traffic jams, work pressure, and family
difficulties. Over time, repeated activation of the stress responses in the brain (sort like a motor that is idling for too long) takes a toll on the body, contributing to a number of health conditions from high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, poor gut health and immune issues, mental illness, addiction, obesity etc. It also takes a toll on your physical and mental well-being.