Why Stress is Bad for Your Heart

Modern life is full of hassles.

Jobs, bills, mortgages, households to run, children to raise, demands, deadlines, frustrations, responsibilities! And then we add on more without even thinking. Continuing our education, working for that promotion, taking on a car payment,  remodeling the house, spinning all those plates and hoping one doesn’t fall.

Whether we realize it or not, whether we like it or not, our body responds.  And we have no control over it.  The nervous system releases a flood of stress hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol.  These hormones force the body to go into emergency response. The heart pounds faster, muscles tighten, blood pressure rises, breath quickens, your senses become sharper.  The purpose of all this is to get you to rise up and meet the challenges that you face.  We are preparing for fight or flight!

Stress related diseases are on the rise and are not only  affecting our ability to cope, but are also destroying our immune function.

Not all stress is bad.  We need some stress in our lives or we’d never get out of bed, we’d never strive for anything, we’d have no desire to succeed.  It’s when it gets out of control, or when we can never shut it off that it becomes a problem.

Here’s how stress works:

  • You experience a stressor
  • Your body response is fight or flight
  • Your sympathetic Nervous System goes into override
  • Your body shuts down every non-essential function (like digestion, so these functions are immediately compromised)
  • Your body begins producing a lot of hormones like Adrenaline, cortisol, and serotonin
  • The vitamins and minerals needed to create the hormones are pulled out of your body’s tissues
  • The hormones are acidic, so your body is flooded with Acidity
  • Your body experiences a vitamin and mineral deficiency
  • You experience aches and pain, constipation, diarrhea, chest pain, frequent colds, moodiness, memory problems, anxiety, constant worrying, etc.
  • Your body manifests osteoporosis, arthritis, cancer, high blood pressure, heart disease, headaches, diabetes II, and a host of other autoimmune and degenerative diseases

Does this always happen when we experience stress?

Not necessarily.   Ideally, we experience a stressor, we deal with it, we experience fight or flight, and then our body goes back to homeostasis.    But more often, the onslaught of stress is continuous.  The stressor doesn’t go away and we don’t know how to cope with it. It keeps us in a constant state of Sympathetic System Override.  Nonessential body functions are perpetually slowed or shut down, the hormone flood is ongoing, and we stay in an acid state. For days, weeks, months, years.    And then, without any idea how we got sick, we go to the doctor with a symptom. The doctor treats the symptom, and we continue on our merry way.

What if, instead of dealing with the symptom, we got to the root of the problem? What if we dealt with the stress first?  What if we learned how to cope with stress in a positive way?  Well, for one, the doctors, surgeons, and pharmaceutical companies would see a decrease in their business.   But, for us, we’d get better!   We’d feel better.

So, can we cope with stress?

Yes.  But we have to take action. We have to be prepared to take responsibility for our own life and stop blaming other people.  It’s never too late. Hopefully we’ll learn to deal with stress before we begin to develop illness. But, even if we already are in an acid state and already have chronic illness developing, we can still learn to cope and even dispel the acid levels in our bodies.   Coping is the key.

How to Cope With Stress

  • Simplify your life-learn how to say no, slow down, or stop
  • Manage your time-make a priority list
  • Listen to your body-become skilled at recognizing cues like tightness, irritability, tension
  • Exercise-walk, run, bike, do yoga, work out, whatever makes you feel good
  • Take up a hobby
  • Serve others
  • Create a good sleep hygiene ritual (electronic blackout an hour before bed, warm bath or shower, sleepy time tea, total darkness in bedroom, lavender on your pillow)
  • Avoid Stimulants
  • Take time every day just for yourself-meditate or do Adult Coloring
  • Aromatherapy
  • Healing Touch

In summary, the key is to pay attention to the messages your body is sending you.  Taking command of your life is your responsibility and you are the only one who can recognize your symptoms and do something before you become chronically ill.  And, if you already have symptoms or are chronically ill, it is not to late to change!

PennySue Mueller

Penny Mueller
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