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Are there different types of stress?

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The 5 principles of fitness are crucial to help us achieve any fitness goal and for overall health, stress is one of them and it has become a cause of different health problems nowadays.

There are different types of stress and we need to understand each and know how to identify it so that we can act the best way possible and learn that not all stress is bad.

There are 3 types of stress which are: Acute stress, Episodic acute stress and Chronic stress.

1. ACUTE STRESS

Have you ever ride a roller coaster or practices a crazy sport? That experience or feeling is acute stress, it is short but intense. An exam or job interview can also cause this type of stress. Our body react to this threatening and challenging situations but after the challenge is completed our body returns to its calm state. This one is short term and all of us can experience it on a daily basis. We need this type of stress.

2. EPISODIC ACUTE STRESS

This one is when acute stress happens very frequently, people with this type of stress tend to be very negative in every aspect of life, everything that could go wrong always go wrong. They tend to take more responsibilities than they can handle keeping acute stress high. They are anxious, angry, sometimes aggressive, impatience and it can be hard to deal with them, they´re always the victims of their circumstances instead of wondering why all this things happen to them.  The biggest problem with them is that they don´t realize they have a problem, they´ve learnt to make this type of stress as part of their lives so for them it´s normal.

3. CHRONIC STRESS

When stress continues for long periods of times it becomes chronic stress, it comes from constant demands of pressure every single day in school, jobs, families. this type of stress is so unhealthy that it can destroy our mind and body. When people feel so drowned in so many problems and they got to a point where they get overwhelmed and stop thinking about solutions, they just give up and surrender to stress, the biggest problem with this is that people get used to it, most of us live our lives with chronic stress and we don´t even know it´s there, we think it´s how we´re supposed to live and this type of stress is the cause of biggest health and mental problems that can end in suicide.

Stress can be really bad having a negative impact in our physical and mental health and there´s also good stress that can have a positive impact in our life if we now how to use it. The level or type of stress determines how we need to act or respond, in many cases we are able to follow tools that can help us lower it but there can be cases or situations where we need to talk to a professional if things have gone too far.

Stress is a response to any experience and the level of it goes accordingly to the experience or situation we lived and how we are able to cope with it, we all take every situation in very different ways and they all affect us in different degrees, we need to consider this so that we know how to respond and even be prepared for any situation.

The best thing we can do is know how to respond in every situation without getting stressed, remaining calm and being optimistic not only help us respond better during stressful situations and keep stress low but also help make better choices with lead to better results. Some steps we can take to respond better in stressful situations are:

1.- Do not take things too seriously,

2.- Take some deep breathes and focus on your breathe going in and out,

3.- Visualize the positive outcome or result,

In many occasions we take things too seriously and this only makes things worse, how many times have you created or increased any negative or stressful situation just by overreacting when in reality it wasn´t a big deal? The 3 steps we share here can have a huge impact on your day if you remember to follow them, the next time you find yourself on a stressful situation just remember to calm down, take some deep breathes  and think of a positive outcome. Just by calming down and breathing you´ll be able to think better and make a better choice.

Types of stress.

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What is stress? What you need to know

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We all live with high levels of stress and we don´t even know it, we think this is normal, we think this is how it´s supposed to be but it´s actually bad. Those high levels of chronic stress are making us sick.

From the moment we wake up until we go to sleep we´re dealing with stress, if we hit the snooze bottom, by the time we get out of bed we may be late, then we go to school or our job and we spend hours in traffic which cause a lot of stress especially if you´re driving, when we get to school or the office we need to spend time with people we don´t feel comfortable, people who make fun of us whether they are our classmates or coworkers and working with a boss that only cares about results and the people increases stress.

Social media is also a huge problem, so many guys share pictures of them in great places and seems like their having a lot of fun and a great time and it´s actually the opposite, they´re looking for the likes and love on social media for they feel empty inside they´re not actually living the life they´re sharing. This creates high expectations and make followers think that there´s something wrong with them.

All of us can handle low stress or even high stress for a short period of time but no one can handle high levels of stress for long periods of time and when you spend most of the time stressed your body will get sick. Have you listened to the “fight or flight” response? This is your body preparing to either fight or run. If you are in a very stressful situation you may feel your muscles tense or your heart is beating faster. Stress releases cortisol in the body, some people know cortisol as the stress hormone. When we´re under stress our body prioritize safety so it shots down the immune system to conserve energy, when we´re in a stressful situation our body uses all the energy it has to keep us safe, in case we need to run or fight it makes sure that we have all energy available to act and in those moments we´re not worried about growth or recovery so the immune system shots down, when the immune system is off thanks to the stress hormones that´s when we get sick.

The problem nowadays is that most of us live with chronic stress, this means that we´re constantly triggering the stress hormones which keeps us aware in case we get fired and need to find a new job or in some cases we´re worried about being able to pay the bills so with stress hormones elevated the immune system is not working efficiently and it result in illness, we get sick because our body is not able to grow and recover and it can´t prevent diseases.

When your body stays stressed for a long period of time called chronic stress is when a lot of health problems take place and you get sick, your body is not able to handle it. Some short term symptoms of stress are headaches, lack of energy, weight gain, skin problems, digestive issues, bad mood.

Chronic stress makes everything harder and can develop bad habits, some guys start smoking as a way to lower their stress which cause a lot more health problems, it can cause overeating because some people go to food as a way to feel better, most unhealthy foods creates a sense of pleasure the same way alcohol and cigarettes do but they use them as a way to deal with stress.

We all need to find ways to deal with everyday problems, and stress the tricky part here is that those ways you find to deal with it are healthy and not hurting you more.

As you can see we live with chronic stress and I consider this to be one of the 5 ingredients of fitness, the other 4 are nutrition, training, mindset and sleep. So being stress highly important I´m going to share with you everything I know to lower stress so that you can get in shape and sustain it but also to live a better life.

Understanding what is stress, the types of stress, when it is good or bad, how we can handle it are key to know how to respond to each situation and learn tools that help us manage it.

Stress in a nutshell.

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Anxiety and stress

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In the last posts we´ve been talking about stress and pressure, when it´s good, when it´s bad and how we can use them to get great results in any project. As with stress, many people also consider anxiety to be bad for us. We´ve all had experience pressure, stress and anxiety but what we think of them and how we act makes a big difference.

As we saw before, stress is the result of not having control over the situation, the resources and the outcome of a situation, anxiety is fear, worry; not knowing if we´re going to be able to finish the project at time, knowing that we don´t have all the skills and knowledge, fear off uncertainty and not knowing what´s going to happen.

Anxiety is good when we´re excited about the new project or challenge and we can´t wait until the time comes, in this case anxiety helps us focus on the positive aspects, it´s easier to stay focus and the results will be best  but when we´re anxious because we´re sick or we got injured or someone close to us is sick but we don´t know exactly what´s happening and there´s not much we can do about it this type of anxiety is bad and if it is consistent it can have a negative impact in our life and health.

The fear of not knowing what´s happening or what will happen lead to anxiety and since we´re not in control of the situation it also leads to stress, there are different types of anxiety-related disorders which we´re going to see in future posts but all of them can lead to severe problems if they become consistent and we don´t treat them.

There are some action we can take to reduce anxiety that will have an impact on our entire life:

1. Reduce caffeine.- When we´re anxious if we take any form of caffeine it will make our anxiety worse like our heart rate increases, we start shaking, in some cases it can trigger panic attacks.

2. Eat healthy meals.- Food plays an important role so we need to focus on eating dishes cooked and prepared with whole, fresh ingredients and avoid processed, junk and fast foods.

3. Breathe.- Take deeps breathes and focus on inhale and exhale, pay attention to your breathing and feel your body relaxing. By taking our attention to the inhale and exhale and the sensation of our body relaxing our mind calms down.

4. Exercise.- Any type of physical activity improves our mood.

5. Practice positivity.- This is a lifestyles, it´s not only about replacing negative thoughts with positive one but about seeing the positive outcome in every situation.

As humans we all are exposed to stress, pressure and anxiety and knowing that we can´t avoid them is the first step to make a change at how we think of them, realizing that we actually need them to grow, learn, improve and keep our life exciting will make it easier but we also need to know when it´s too much of them and we need to find ways to lower them or talk to someone who can help us. Even when we share different tools in this site to help you lower them and act the best way possible it´s important that you talk with your doctor or a specialist if you see that your case is bad.

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How breathing helps lower stress

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You may have heard is before and even done it, when you feel stressed, anxious, angry, irritated count to 10, 50, count to 100, 1 million, count backwards, how far have you get? does this has helped you reduce stress or anger?

For some people this technique help but not for all of us, with all the stress and pressure going on in our lives every day we had forgotten how to breathe, we don´t take time to relax our body and muscles, to calm our mind, take some time for ourselves because we don´t have time. We´re always in a hurry to get to work or school, to get back home, to finish homework or answer all the emails.

Taking time for ourselves will increase our productivity, performance of focus during the day in all our activities, it can also help us improve sleep which will have more benefits for our day and this time can be as simple as taking 10 minutes to breathe.

It doesn´t matter if we had a bad day or a great day if we take 10 minutes before going to bed to breathe it will send a signal to our body that everything is OK, that it can stop any “fight or flight” response and calm and relax, this start changing how our body works and it will starts function a lot better.

Breathing sends a lot of different signals to our brain and body and most of the time we´re breathing fast and this fast paced breathing which is the result of our fast paced life tells our brain that we´re under a dangerous situation, if we slow our breathing our brain knows that things are going good, the pace at which we breathe and how deeply we breathe are signs for our brain.

Breathing help us reduce pain, lower stress, depression, anxiety, it help us relax our body and calm our mind. So many benefits for our health both physical and mental and for our life can be obtain just by doing breathing exercises.

Slow and deep breathes are the way to do it, there are so many different types of breathing exercises and we´re not going to get in any of them in this post (we´ll see the best ones in a future post) the reason is because we first need to know and belief that how we breathe has a huge impact on our health.

We also need to understand why we breathe and I think we all know it, we take in oxygen while we inhale and that oxygen goes through all our body and we exhale carbon dioxide. We won´t get deep here in future posts we´ll be talking more about the process. Some of the benefits of good breathing are:

1. Reduce stress, anxiety

2. Improves the delivery of oxygen through the body, muscles, cells

3. Improves sleep

4. Improves focus and mental clarity

5. Helps us make better choices

If there´s one easy and effective tool you can start developing as habit today that will have a huge impact on all areas of life it´s breathing, you can start with 5 minutes of slow and deep breathes, if you do this right before going to bed it will help you fall asleep faster and can even improve the quality of your sleep which will have more positive impacts on the day to follow.

Try it today.

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Food and stress

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We all have felt stress, we can feel it in our body literally from our shoulders, back, head to our stomach, stress can come from outside sources but it can also be increased in the inside. Have you ever stopped for a minute and think about how everything we eat impacts our body?

Everything we eat affect our body, from the inside out, how we look, how we feel, our energy levels, our ability to concentrate.

Our relationship with food has changed throughout the years, nowadays many of us use it as a comfort food we´ve found it to be great coping mechanism to deal with outside stress and pressure but we´re not considering that those unhealthy decisions are causing more problems. When we´re stressed out we´ll look for foods that makes us feel better and typically highly processed foods get this done, they makes us feel better by giving us a rush of feel good chemicals and then the crash comes, we want more of those foods and we end up in a negative cycle that keep us feeling stressed and can even lead to depression.

Every time we eat highly processed foods our body doesn´t know what to do with them, it is not design to digest process foods that lack nutrition and one of its responses is inflammation as a way to protect us from something harmful or toxic and our body sees those unhealthy foods as something that can be harmful for us.

Inflammation is a response of stress and even when we can experience inflammation for short periods of time nowadays we´re dealing with it for long periods of time which is chronic inflammation and chronic inflammation is related to many health problems like insulin resistance, obesity and others.

We all have suffer from digestive problems like bloating, stomach pain, cramps, heartburn and it can go to something worse like leaky gut the problem in most cases is an unhealthy diet. Most of us eat too much highly processed food every single day which doesn´t give our body the nutrients it need to function properly and they can cause more problem by putting our body in a defensive and protective mechanism.

Everything we put in our body will have an impact in our body, we all know that highly processed foods are bad for us the problem is that it´s not easy to eliminate them from our diet but we need to find ways to reduce them and even avoid them as much as possible, there are foods that will make us look and feel great and there are some foods that will make us feel bad; even whole fresh foods. Some foods can make us feel bloated or we may have stomach pain like cauliflower , some foods can cause acne like dairy in some people of peanuts.

If we want our body to respond and perform at peak we need to make sure that we´re giving it the nutrients it needs and the ones that it can use more efficiently, we need to listen to it and make it as simple as possible. We get enough stress from outside sources so we need to make sure that we don´t increase stress with what we eat.

For your next meal make a good choice, go for something cooked with fresh ingredients and see how you feel.

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Does talking about our goals create stress?

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Have you ever shared your goals with a friend or family member? what was your experience? did they support you or did they told you you´re crazy and you won´t make it?

From what I´ve seen the response to the questions above will vary according to how ambitious your goals are, the more ambitious you are and the bigger your goals it´s more possible that people will tell you that you will fail, if your goals are small it´s more likely that people will support you.

The problem is that when we´re working on a big goal there will be times where we doubt ourselves, we may think that maybe those people we´re right and we are not capable of achieving those big goals, this moments when we doubt ourselves we need someone who believes in us, that help us increase our confidence to get back to work and continue our journey towards our goal, the problem is when we share our goal with someone who doesn´t support us they can even want to see us fail and prove us that they were right and we were wrong. If we see them often they will ask about how we´re doing and if we had achieved that amazing goal and if we respond negatively they laugh.

Most of us are really worried about what people think and say about us and when someone says to us the famous phrase “I told you won´t make it, I told you we are not good enough, I told you you were crazy” the impact of this phrases in our brain can be lethal in a way that we can give up especially if they come from someone we trust and we felt comfortable enough to share our goal. If we want to continue pursuing our goal we may go through stress caused by the anxiety and fear that comes from setting a big goal, plus the moments when we fail and the negative comments from people we trusted.

Whit this most of us may give up feeling like failure, like not being good enough and not deserving better stuff and we can end living short to our potential, not living the way we want to live and stay in a comfort zone, we prefer to stay stuck because now we belief that we´re not good enough, that we´re not capable.

If we are strong enough mentally to keep going even after people laughed at us and the negative comments it we can work a lot harder to prove them wrong and we want to do it as fast as possible, this creates urgency and gives us total concentration on our goal and we take massive action but most of us don´t have this type of mindset and it takes time and effort to develop it but once we get it we will achieve big goals.

Another way sharing our goals can increase stress is because most of the times we share them with people we feel more comfortable and we know they´re going to support us but some of them have big expectations from us and they set the bar really high so we want to exceed those expectations so we can get anxious of not delivering, of not even meeting those expectations and that constant worry of not being good enough, of wanting to exceed expectations creates anxiety and if we´re not aware it can lead to stress.

It´s not about what people expects of us, it´s about doing our best and giving our all in everything we do, we do not need to work trying to impress someone, we do not need to focus on perfection we need to focus on progress, on learning and improving and focus on excellence, what´s the best work we can do with our abilities and skills today and how can we make it better than yesterday.

If we spend time thinking and worrying or what others say and think of us, on impressing others or trying to exceed expectations we will get anxious and stressed, we need to focus on exceeding our own expectations and impressing ourselves.

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The impact of our beliefs and thoughts about stress

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When someone tells us that something is bad for us, that something has a negative impact in our lives and then we find a lot more people saying the same things then we believe it and with time it becomes part of our beliefs.

How many people that you know think that stress is bad for us? how many of them know what stress really is and the types?

Most of confuse pressure and anxiety with stress and this is a huge problem because if we don´t know what´s the difference and we label all of them as stress then we won´t act the best way possible.

We think that stress is bad so we avoid it at all costs, if our boss assigns us a new project we feel pressure and probably get anxious and most of us label this as stress, some of us talk with a friend and tell them how stressed out we are thanks to that project because we don´t have all the knowledge or skills, we don´t know if we will finish it on time and we still have to continue with our normal job which means that we have double work.

This is how most of us think about a situation like that but it´s not our fault, we´ve been educated to think that way but if we take that same situation and think about is a challenge and get excited by it everything changes, we can think that our boss assigned us a new project because he believes in us he knows that we will deliver the best results possible and that we are capable to finish it, he knows we can learn the skills we need and apply them to the best of our abilities even though it´s something new and he gave us enough time to learn those new skills, apply them and make the best project we can.

If we think about it as learning something new, working on something new and proving ourselves that we are capable of something big we start the project with a positive attitude which effects our entire journey through the project and the end results will be better compare to when we said to our friend that we are so stressed out because of the project and we don´t know if we´re going to finish, in this case we´re already starting with a negative attitude and setting the road to barely finish the project (if we do finish) and the result won´t be the best.

How we think about the situation we´re in has an impact on our day and the project or activity we´re working on, just by changing our thoughts and beliefs we can have a complete different result, this is why practicing positivity creates improves our life, positivity is not only thinking positive thoughts, is about making the best out of any situation, what can I learn from this? how can this help me in the future?

Our thoughts and beliefs play a big role on how we see our life and every situation we face every day, there´s a reason why positive people who always are smiling or focusing on the positive on everything seem to have better choices, better opportunities and live better, they´re simply attracting more positivity to their lives just by how they think.

So yes, stress can make us sick and even kill us as some people say if we let it, if we belief that stress is bad it will harm our body even the bad type of stress called chronic stress and if we use tools to lower this type of stress, after some time of using those tools consistently we will see improvements in how we feel and how we respond to those stressful moments in our day to day.

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Change your mindset and reframe the situation

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How many times have you asked yourself or try to avoid stress in your life?

I´ve done it a few times before until I decided to use it to achieve my goals, it´s the best change I´ve done because it requires to change our mindset and beliefs towards stress and it´s going against what most people thinks.

When we want to make stress works for us we first need to understand the different types of stress (which you can learn by clicking here), then we need to understand the difference between stress and pressure (you can learn about it here) because many of us tend to consider pressure as stress which is wrong and then we need to change our beliefs and mindset towards them.

Even when we have heard that stress is bad for us, it´s making us sick and it can kill us (I used to think the same) that is not true. Yes, chronic stress has a negative impact in our lives and health but not every situation is stress and not all stressful situations are actually stress, most of them are pressure.

Being under pressure is a catalyst that can lead to stress and anxiety or it can lead to a successful result. Pressure is an important part of our lives, we need it to learn, to grow, to get stronger, to gain knowledge and if we avoid it thinking it´s bad for us then we get stuck in all areas of our life. We all need to go through challenges which include discomfort, pain, struggle, fear, boredom or how most of us call them, pressure and stress. We need to have the right mindset and beliefs if we want to make the most out of pressure so here are some steps we can follow to make that shift in our mindset:

1. Realize that not all stress is bad

2. Understand the difference between stress and pressure

3. Identify stress and pressure in every situation

4. Accept that pressure is an important part of life to grow and learn

5. Realize that we can use the energy of pressure as an impulse to focus and concentrate on our project

Instead of thinking of every situation as negative or stressful and instead of thinking of the worst results or outcomes we need to reframe the situation following this steps:

1. Think of all the positive results or outcomes

2. Think of the sweaty hands and hear rate up as signs that our body is getting ready and excited to start working on the project.

If we listen or watch interviews of champions we´ll see that all of them get the same physical responses as us when they go through a competition, they feel their heart rate increasing, their palms sweating, they get anxious the difference is that they´ve learned to think about them as excitement and being anxious in a positive way to start the competition.

How we see any situation and how we react in all situations make all the difference, the hard part is that we´ve been said for so many years that stress is bad and we´ve let our body get highly stressed in a negative way that now the responses are unconscious, it takes effort and awareness every time we find ourselves under pressure to remind us to think of it as excitement and get ready to act.

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How we respond to stress makes a big difference

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We´ve all been in stressful situations and all of us respond or react differently to the same situation, how we react to it makes a huge difference on how our body process the situation and stress.

The first point that we need to talk about is our beliefs about stress, if we have a negative relationship  with it thinking that stress is harmful and it will make us sick then there are a lot more chances that we get sick, if we realize that some stress is good and is necessary and that there´s also bad stress but we can always respond to it the best way possible then the impact is different.

Changing believes is one of the hardest things to do, we need to reprogram our mind but that change is the one that´s going to give us the most amazing results. Every single day our subconscious takes control of us, most of all the activities we do are based on program and beliefs running in our subconscious.

If we install in our brain the belief that there´s good stress and it´s actually helpful the way we look at situation change and in many cases we make any situation or experience worst than it actually is by thinking on the worst case scenario, this is normal our brain always think about the worst results but we can change that by being aware of it and finding all the positive results and outlooks but this takes time.

Since we need time to change our believes and think in a positive way there are some steps we can follow whenever we find ourselves in stressful situations. The first thing we need to do is stay calm in the middle of negativity, stress, chaos, it may not be possible to walk away from it so we need to know how to calm our mind and body.

Here are some techniques you can use:

1.- Breathing techniques.- When we are in a stress full situation our heart rate increases, adrenaline increases, we are more alert. Stop for a moment and take some deep breathes to calm down, focus on your breathe and take your mind to the present moment, to this for a couple of minutes and then make decisions.

2.- Think positively.- Don´t let your mind start creating all kind of negative outcomes, instead take control of your mind and think of every positive outcome you can imagine and figure out ways to achieve those outcomes.

3.- Take time.- Do not make decisions when you are living though times, if you can take a couple of hours before you decide, in those hours meditate or do some breathing exercises, physical activity also helps.

Controlling the way we respond takes time, and we won´t be able to change it from one day to another, we need to start with small steps every day, we all get angry or annoyed even with small situations we live every single day while driving, in the supermarket, etc. When we are in any situation that stress us just stop and take a deep breath, don´t make the issue bigger than it actually is.

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How stress is making us sick

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One of the reasons why we´re dealing with many different health and mental problems nowadays is stress.

A very simple explanation about how stress makes us sick is this, stress is a survival mechanism, it´s the “fight-or-flight” response to keep us alive when we are in danger. When we are in a stressful situation our body releases cortisol which is the hormone that turns on the “fight-or-flight” response and with this it comes a series of reactions like heart rate goes up, our muscles get tense but while this reactions of cortisol are on, other functions of our body are turned off, so our body can´t protect us from diseases. So if we spend most of our time with stress, this means that cortisol is high along with all the reactions and some functions in our body are off most of the time and it can´t protect us from diseases so we get sick.

Some of the symptoms we can notice in a short period of time are constant headaches, our weight fluctuates, we have skin problems, our hair falls, inflammation, we feel tired almost all the time, it´s impossible to focus and finish any activity. Things can get worse and cause more problems like obesity, diabetes, cancer, depression, anxiety, suicide.

It also has a negative impact on your hormones making it harder for us to have good quality sleep and making us eat more specially unhealthy foods. High levels of stress increase cortisol which can lead to craving sweets and refined carbohydrates, this is a reason why it´s harder to avoid junk and processed food, this is why if we are following a weight loss program we can´t stick to it.

Cortisol also cause insulin resistance which means that our body is not able to utilize carbohydrates properly so our body stores them as fat instead of using them for energy. Being insulin resistant makes it harder for us to lose weight and stay lean.

Stress can also affect your mood getting us in a negative state of mind and making everything seems worst, we tend to over think, and make our worries and fears bigger because it triggers an area called the amygdala which is our brains fear center. It also makes us more emotional because our brain associate events with memories. Stress lower serotonin which is the “feel happy” neurotransmitter and dopamine which is the one for pleasure-reward so we feel sad.

Stress has become part of our days for most of us and we´ve  learnt to live with it without realizing all the damage it is causing on all aspects of life, from health to relationships. From school, job, traffic, unhealthy diets, lack of sleep, a lot of negativity all this accumulate over and over every single day causing chronic stress and it affects the body and the brain.

Trying to satisfy and please everyone also increase stress, doing something we hate and dealing with negative people and many other stuff we live every single day are also causing a lot of damage to our body and brain.

For the last years we´ve been hearing a lot more about mental health and all the negative aspects about depression, anxiety and other problems but I don´t see them taking action to improve the environments we work and the relationships with people around us which have a huge impact.

Another important reasons why stress is making us sick is because we believe that all stress is bad and it can makes us sick, that´s what we´ve been told and our brain and body will respond to that belief but it´s not true. Some stress is good and we need some of that good stress. If we change our thoughts and beliefs about stress, if we know how to identify the good stress between the bad one and we know how to respond to it, it can be beneficial.

For me it´s clear that our lifestyles are causing a lot of health and mental problems so it´s crucial to start developing good habits that help us live better.

It would mean so much to me if you share this post with your friends and family and if you follow me on Twitter and Facebook, together we can help millions live a better life.

Pam