of the strong connections between stress and illness is becoming increasingly available.
Stress does not merely leave you
feeling fatigued or pressured, it also affects your body in other ways, along with your emotions and even your behavior.
live chronically stressed lives, and may not realize their mental and
physical health may be compromised.
instance, the Mayo Clinic warns of the serious health risks associated with unremitting stressful
conditions in our lives. Stress hormones affect the immune system and may lead
to chronic illnesses, and even affect sleep and memory.
stress puts people at risk for such things as depression, anxiety, substance abuse and other addictive
disorders and serious health problems.
It's useful to intervene as much as possible in life situations that lead to strain,
worry and tension. It is possible to treat depression, anxiety and other mental
health disorders. It is also possible to address relationship difficulties in
order to bring about more satisfying connections with others.
People can re-order their lives and find
calmer, more mindful and satisfying ways of living and use stress-reducing coping skills.
If you are
already dealing with some of the physical disorders that may be associated with
stress, you can organize or restructure your life, including your medical condition, to have less tension, a
better control of your physical symptoms.
a means by which people can look at the situations in their lives that trouble
them, repair wounded relationships and learn new coping skills. These are all
elements of lowering stress.
Kathi Whitten. LCSW 2011