Let's start off by saying this: 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘦𝘴𝘴 𝘪𝘴 𝘯𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘭. I've been stressed as hell in my life, and so have you—and that's okay! Let's talk about how much is healthy, and when it really becomes a problem.
Our bodies are amazingly designed to deal with stress. We've all felt the fight-or-flight response: your heart pumps hard, you feel a surge of adrenaline, and you're ready to go! This is our instant way of prepping for physical danger. After the situation passes, the body comes back to a state of equilibrium, letting us feel relaxed, happy, hungry or sleepy. YAY body ⭐
But what happens when the danger isn't physical, but mental? And when this mental stress is continuous (hello, stressful job / crazy schedule / uncontrollable situations!)? Our body has the 𝘴𝘢𝘮𝘦 stress response as it would if we had to run away from a rising tsunami wave.
When we just aren't able to relax, unwind and return to a restful state, it creates state of 𝕔𝕙𝕣𝕠𝕟𝕚𝕔 𝕤𝕥𝕣𝕖𝕤𝕤 that can cause severe hormonal imbalances and lead to:
• Cortisol + insulin ➝ belly weight gain // diabetes
• Belly fat (visceral fat) ➝ heart disease // diabetes // cancer // brain degeneration
• Estrogen-progesterone imbalance ➝ irregular ovulation / periods
• Insomnia ➝ overeat + sugar cravings
Here are some signs of stress:
🔺PHYSICAL: Constant uneasiness, elevated heartbeat, increased sweating // Digestive discomfort as bloating or diarrhea // Lack of appetite or nausea // Overeating or binge eating // Trouble falling asleep or staying asleep // Weakened immunity and falling ill more often // Delayed or missed periods // Infertility
🔺MENTAL: Feeling anxious or experiencing panic attacks that can interfere with your daily functioning or decision making // Mental fatigue, forgetfulness, brain fog // Feeling upset, depressed or hopeless
🔺SOCIAL: Feeling irritable or easy to anger // Wanting to be away from social situations // Alienating loved ones // Trouble in sharing problems or asking for help // Feeling alienated or alone
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