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.
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