Stress controls our lives. You can see the signs and symptoms of stress everywhere. It’s absolutely amazing how we seem to be able to ignore all of it and keep living our lives as though there is no problem. There doesn’t seem to be an end to the level of stress we are willing to tolerate.
The question is, “Is being good at managing stress a good thing or not?” It's one thing to be able to endure high levels of stress in the daily course of our lives, but have you ever stopped to ask yourself what all this stress is doing to your body? Have you taken the time find out how stress affects your health?
Many doctors these days believe that stress is the root cause of all chronic degenerative disease. You have most likely heard of the big six – Cancer, Stroke, Heart Disease, Diabetes, Asthma and Arthritis, but there is actually a list of more than 200 different chronic degenerative diseases that are all thought to be caused by stress. If that’s not a compelling enough reason to get stress under control, then I don’t know what is.
Most people think of emotional stress when they hear the word stress and that is bad enough, but there is a new kind of stress on the block and it’s called oxidative stress or free radical damage and it is no laughing matter.
Thankfully the body is great at giving us really obvious clues about when stress is getting the better of us. All you really have to do is take the symptoms of stress seriously and you will likely live long and be healthy.
Now that you have a list of all the symptoms of stress, maybe it’s time to compare them to your own life and determine if it is time to get your own stress under control. Remember, these symptoms can be caused by any of the four main fields of stress, chemical, physical, electro-magnetic and emotional.