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Stress Ruin Your Life and Invite Death

Some stress is good for us, but when it is prolonged, stress is very bad for our health. We are simply not put together to deal with the kind of stressors that modern life often imposes on us. Imagine, while driving when there is a serious motor-vehicle accident right in-front of you, what happen to you? Your heart beat very fast, you feel light-headedness, your legs trembling, your eyes dilated. These are acute stress reaction and the effects are due to the release of catecholamines, a neurotransmitter. Noradrenaline and adrenaline are catecholamines that play major roles in regulation of the ‘inner world’ of the body by the brain

Now, when you are facing with life stressors and/or lifestyles stressors there are chronic persistent, sub-clinical (you are not aware) but there is high persistent level of catecholamines release and the release or another hormone by adrenal gland so called cortisol. Early morning blood or saliva test may indicate the effect of chronic stress on DHEA and Cortisol balance. Excess cortisol, a hormone critical in managing fat storage and energy use in the human body. Cortisol is known to increase appetite and may encourage cravings for sugary or fatty foods.

Stress is a bigger problem than you think

The prominent psychologist Richard Lazarus offers a similar definition:

…any event in which environmental demands, internal demands, or both tax or exceed the adaptive resources of an individual…

However,  sometimes even relatively minor stressors, such as doing your taxes, can trigger significant symptoms. Anxiety, fear, panic, insomnia, mental confusion, hysteria, depression that doesn’t seem to lift, and more can be triggered by major (and in some cases, minor) stressful events.

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Figure 1 : Cortisol release in reaction to stress

 

 

There might be so many stressors that you may not even think about it. See the following list and ponder about what you are facing right now, you might aware when somebody remind like in the list.Most people only think of psychological stress when they hear the term “stress”. When asked what causes stress, they might say things like losing a job, having a fight with your spouse, unhappiness at work-place, driving in bad traffic jam just a few of the example.

Cortisol Cycle

 

Commonly seen among business people are inadequate cash-flow, getting audited by the income tax and GST return for business people. When there is profit there is stressful when one unhappy with greedy business partner. The list goes on and on. The effects to your health is much bigger than you can think.

Effect Cortisol