Stressed Out? Chill and Enjoy Better Health

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EDITOR’S NOTE: How many times have you heard someone say, “I’m just not feeling well today — I think it’s stress?” According to this very informative article from Medical News Today, stress levels in Americans are inordinately high, and stress has a very real impact on many aspects of our health, including heart health, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and fertility.

The author offers sage advice on how to deal with and reduce the risk of stress-related health problems.

— Dr. Jim Palermo, Editor-in-Chief

Stress: Its Surprising Implications For Health

MEDICAL NEWS TODAY – Whether it is down to work pressure, money worries or relationship troubles, most of us experience stress at some point in our lives. In fact, around 75 percent of us report experiencing moderate to high levels of stress over the past month.

It is well known that stress can cause sleep problems, headache and raise the risk of depression. But in this Spotlight, we look at some of the more surprising ways in which stress may harm our health.

Over the past month, around 75% of us have experienced moderate to high levels of stress. (MNT Image)
Over the past month, around 75% of us have experienced moderate to high levels of stress. (MNT Image)

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) defines stress as the “brain’s response to any demand.” In other words, it is how the brain reacts to certain situations or events.

It is important to note that not all stress is negative. Many of us who have been in a pressurized situation may have found that stress has pushed us to perform better.

This is down to a “fight-or-flight” response, whereby the brain identifies a real threat and quickly releases hormones that encourage us to protect ourselves from perceived harm.

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