Why do we care about stress?
Living in the Age of Chronic Stress
Stress is not a modern invention. It is the body’s natural reaction to any change that requires an adjustment or response.
But while stress is totally normal, feeling stressed all the time is not normal. Our ancient ancestors felt stressed when they were in danger, but once they were out of danger they usually calmed down and regained their balance.
The fast-paced nature of our lifestyles has created an environment where we’re perpetually stressed whether or not we’re in physical danger. Whether it’s a demanding boss, rush hour traffic, balancing a career and a family, comparing yourself to others on social media or financial problems–we’re all stressed, all the time. The human body simply wasn’t designed to endure this kind of lifestyle.
Scientists now tell us that the impact of our stress levels on our overall health has been alarming.
What Causes Stress?
There are many causes of stress, but Americans reported these Top 5 reasons:
- The economy
- Family responsibilities
Why are We More Stressed Than Ever?
Americans report being more stressed now than ever before in recent history. According to the American Psychological Association, here are some reasons why:
- Self-care isn’t a priority
- Lack of willpower to make a change
- Weight gain due to unhealthy lifestyles
What are the Symptoms of Stress?
Everyone experiences stress differently, but Americans reported these Top 5 physical symptoms of stress on their bodies:
- Irritability or anger
- Lack of interest, motivation or energy
- Feeling nervous or anxious
What are the Side Effects of Stress?
According to the Mayo Clinic, long-term exposure to stress hormones can disrupt almost all of your body’s processes, putting you at risk of severe health consequences:
- Anxiety & depression
- Heart disease
- Digestive problems
- Weight gain
What Can I Do About My Stress?
Proactive, personalized stress management tools can help your body heal from the damage caused by stress on an ongoing basis. Both modern and ancient knowledge on stress tell us that a holistic approach including natural foods, exercise and healthy lifestyle are key to developing an effective stress relief routine.