In my personal experience, the number one cause of serious diseases, especially in eldelry people (but this is true for all ages) is stress. Later we will try to give a more scientific explanation from professional sources to the above argument, in an attempt to convince all of us (adults and young people among us) not to let everyday pressure harm our health and to try and answer the question ‘Can stress affect you?’.
In today’s modern life there are endless pressures: long hours of high productivity, vast amounts of information thrown at us from all sides, the complicated political situation in our country – all of which make us live at constant but varying levels of pressure.
If this was a temporary pressure level, the results of the stress were milder. But we are exposed to high levels of stress in our daily lives, leading to a chronic condition. The result is an excess of cortisol which is actually one of the body’s stress hormones – the problem is that prolonged exposure to cortisol actually poisones our body.
What is Cortisol?
Cortisol is one of the body’s stress hormones (The Three Major StressHormones are: adrenaline, cortisol, norepinephrine), responsible for allowing our body to adjust to a new situation in the event of danger and to enter into a state of “fighting or flight” (either fight the threator escape) or primitive reactions When the animals are exposed to danger, they escape or fight the threat.
These reactions cause the body to enter a high arousal and is characterized by an increase in blood pressure, accelerated heart rate, high muscle tension, sweating and decreased activity of less vital systems such as the digestive system, Accompanied by behavioral changes such as difficulty in solving problems, confusion and difficulty in softening , Problems with memory and sometimes a complete standstill. Feelings of anxiety, depression, and anger.
When we are exposed to situations of danger and tension, the levels of cortisol – the “stress hormone” – rise in our body and help it adapt to the new situation and enter into a state of “fighting or flight.”
Well, curicol is actually a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal glands.
What it does: It takes a little time – minutes, instead of seconds – for you to feel the effects of cortisol in front of stress, because the release of this hormone takes a multi-step process involving two other small hormones.
First, the part of the brain called the amygdala must recognize the threat. He then sends a message to a part of the brain called the hypothalamus, which releases corticotropin releasing hormone (CRH). CRH then tells the pituitary gland to release adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH), which tells the adrenal glands to produce cortisol. Wow!
In survival mode, optimal amounts of cortisol can be life-saving. It helps maintain fluid balance and blood pressure, while regulating some of the body functions that are currently Not crucial, such as reproductive drive, immunity, digestion and growth.
But when we are constantly in “danger” or in our daily lives, under high pressure, the body continuously releases cortisol. High chronic levels of stress can lead to serious problems. Too much cortisol can suppress the immune system, increase blood pressure and sugar, decrease libido, produce acne, contribute to obesity and more.
What you can do to prevent it
Reducing your stress levels can not only make you feel better right now, but may also protect your
Few reccomendation for reducing stress include:
- feelings like happiness, joy, contentment and enthusiasm
- making time for at lease few enjoyable activities every day.
- Identify what’s causing stress. Monitor your state of mind throughout the day. If you feel stressed, write down the cause, your thoughts and your mood. Once you know what’s bothering you, develop a plan for addressing it. That might mean setting more reasonable expectations for yourself and others or asking for help with household responsibilities, job assignments or other tasks. List all your commitments, assess your priorities and then eliminate any tasks that are not absolutely essential.
- Build strong relationships.
- Relationships can be a source of stress. Research has found that negative, hostile reactions with your spouse cause immediate changes in stress-sensitive hormones, for example. But relationships can also serve as stress buffers. Reach out to family members or close friends and let them know you’re having a tough time. They may be able to offer practical assistance and support, useful ideas or just a fresh perspective as you begin to tackle whatever’s causing your stress.
- Walk away when you’re angry. Before you react, take time to regroup by counting to 10. Then reconsider. Walking or other physical activities can also help you work off steam. Plus, exercise increases the production of endorphins, your body’s natural mood-booster. Commit to a daily walk or other form of exercise — a small step that can make a big difference in reducing stress levels.
- Rest your mind. Stress keeps more than 40 percent of adults lying awake at night. To help ensure you get the recommended seven or eight hours of sleep, cut back on caffeine, remove distractions such as television or computers from your bedroom and go to bed at the same time each night. Research shows that activities like yoga and relaxation exercises not only help reduce stress, but also boost immune functioning.
- Get help. If you continue to feel overwhelmed, consult with a psychologist or other licensed mental health professional who can help you learn how to manage stress effectively. He or she can help you identify situations or behaviors that contribute to your chronic stress and then develop an action plan for changing them.