There’s one thing that is at the very root of most of your problems (and you might not even realize it). You’ve probably just accepted this thing as the ‘norm’… something that everyone has to deal with, but this thing can get in the way of your health, your relationships, and even your finances if you don’t reign it in.
Do you know what it is?
Now, hear me out on this…
Stress isn’t just comprised of your day-to-day worries (though that can definitely be part of it)… there are tons of things that can get dumped into your stress bucket.
Shitty food choices, lack of activity, lack of passion and purpose, lack of rest and relaxation, underlying fears that you aren’t even aware of… all of these things (and more) add to the stress burden that you carry everyday. As more and more stressors are added to your bucket, at some point, your bucket is going to overflow and it’ll wreak havoc on virtually every aspect of your life.
Who wants that?!
Stress’s impacts on health are pretty far-reaching.
During the fight or flight response (which is your body’s physiological response to emotional stress), there are many different changes taking place in your body to prepare you to either fight off a threat, or run like hell from it. Some of the changes during fight or flight include:
- Elevated blood sugar levels (to supply plenty of energy to large muscle groups)
- Tunnel vision (peripheral vision is largely diminished, since your only focus should be on getting away from your threat)
- Slowed (or stopped) digestion, reproduction, and immunity (resources are allocated to other areas of your body to help you evade your threat… and digestion/reproduction/immunity are hardly important if you don’t actually survive the threat)
- Muscles become tense (to provide the body with extra strength and speed)
… and these are just some of the things occurring in your body.
This response was only meant to be activated in emergency situations, like encountering a mountain lion, and for only a few minutes or so at a time, but there are many things that are now taking place as your modern-day mountain lion.
Worrying about bills. Arguing with your significant other. Getting stuck in rush-hour traffic. Having a never-ending stream of notifications/calls/e-mails/texts. Hating your job. Watching the news. Politics.
All of these things (and more) are activating your fight or flight response over and over and over again. If your stress becomes chronic, this can cause tons of damage in the long-run.
- Elevated blood sugar levels can lead to diabetes
- Tunnel vision can get in the way of your creativity and problem-solving (which can basically be a death sentence in certain careers… especially so for the entrepreneurial types)
- Altered digestion can lead to dysbiosis (imbalance of good and bad bacteria in the gut), leaky gut, food sensitivities, autoimmune conditions, mood-related disorders (such as depression and anxiety), and many, many, MANY other issues
- Lowered ability to reproduce >> infertility
- Altered immune function can make you more vulnerable to infections and disease
- Muscle tension can translate into chronic back pain (or other aches and pains)
See where I’m going with this?
In addition to the fight or flight response, there are other things that can add to your overall stress…
Nutrient deficiencies prevent your body from doing what it needs to do efficiently (leading to any number of health issues).
Undiagnosed/untreated food and chemical sensitivities create an extra burden on your immune system and cause inflammation throughout your body, which can manifest in any number of symptoms/health issues.
Ongoing exposure to synthetic chemicals, toxins, heavy metals, and others add an extra burden to your body’s detoxification system (which can stress your organs and deplete you of vital nutrients that are used for detoxification).
Lack of movement slows circulation, which limits your body’s ability to deliver nutrients and oxygen and other things where they need to go, while also limiting your body’s ability to remove waste products and toxins (among others).
Lack of sleep can impair your body’s ability to detoxify, repair, and regenerate (again, leading to an assortment of health issues).
All of these things (and more) add more and more stress to your body, which, aside from their effects of health, can spill into virtually any area of your life… from your relationships (or lack thereof) to your finances (and just about anything in between).
Before you start stressing over all of this stress in your life, the good news is that much of your stress is actually well within your control. You just need a better way to deal with it, head-on.
In fact, I feel so strongly about reducing stress that I actually wrote a book on the topic: Stress Detox: Ditch the stress, reclaim your life.
In Stress Detox, I give you extremely actionable ways to reduce the stress in your life. From dealing with day-to-day emotional stressors to subconscious stressors to nutrition and lifestyle stressors, I’ve got you covered.
I also reveal several tips on how to make some of your lifestyle changes less daunting and easier to implement (changing your eating, exercise, or other lifestyle habits don’t have to be hard!).
If you’re serious about getting a better handle on your health and life, you HAVE to tackle your stress at its very core… and when you do, be amazed at the transformations that are possible.
You might find that your weight issues, digestive issues, migraines, heartburn, or other health issues were a result of stress. You might find that your constant disagreements with others were a result of stress. You might even find that the reason you hadn’t accumulated much money in your bank account was a result of stress (retail therapy really is a thing… ask me how I know).
You deserve to feel good in your own body. You deserve to have relationships that lift you up. You deserve to feel content (TRULY content) in your life.
So, do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Stress Detox (you’ll be glad you did).