Top Ten Most Stressful Life Events

  Top 10 Most Stressful Occurrences for Americans:

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  1. Spouse Death  

  2. Divorce

  3. Marriage Separation

  4. Jail term

  5. Death of a loved one

  6. Injury or illness

  7. Marriage

  8. Job loss

  9. Pregnancy

  10. Retirement/Change of financial status

Studies show that stress comes from four main areas:

1. Environnment- Our physical surroundings such as an unsafe neighborhood

2. Relationships- With friends, family, and partners

3. Work- Job dissatisfaction, overworking, insufficient pay, conflicts with boss/coworkers

4. Social- Poverty, discrimination, harassment, unemployment, isolation

 

Some of the stress-related symptoms  described in my previous post can get worse or become chronic conditions if stress is repetitive or persistent. This is because the body continues to secrete stress hormones, and blood pressure remains at a higher level.

Effects the body might experience are:

 

  • Chronic headache

  • Exacerbation on allergies/asthma

  • Substance Abuse

  • Weight Loss/gain

  • Decreased sex drive

  • Irritable bowel syndrome exacerbation

  • Anxiety disorder

  • High blood pressure

  • Increased stroke risk

  • Increased heart attack risk

  • exacerbation of chronic diseases

To learn more about the effects stress has on your body, check out my other article:

 

Some Great Tips For Fighting Stress:

 

ID-1002539311. Get plenty of rest. Make a point to get the amount of sleep that makes you feel the most rested. If you have trouble getting to sleep, natural remedies such as Luna, a natural sleep aid with chamomile, valarian, and melatonin may be helpful. You can find it here.

LUNA – #1 Natural Sleep Aid on Amazon – Herbal, Non-Habit Forming Sleeping Pill (Made with Valerian, Chamomile, Passionflower, Lemon Balm, Melatonin & More!) – IntraNaturals Lifetime Guarantee

 

2. Get organized- Clutter can create an immense amount of stress for even the most calm hearted. I like this book by Marie Kondo called “The life changing magic of tidying Up”. It’s a book about Japanese style de cluttering.

3. Eat better. Healthier foods can reduce brain chemical imbalances. Try to get the recommended amounts of veggies in your diet, which is roughly 2 1/2 cups to 3 cups of vegetables a day. 

4. Get some exercise. It has been well documented that cardio and aerobic exercise both reduce stress. Yoga and Pilates have powerful benefits as well. You can also check out my article on weight training for women.

 

5. Take breaks. Getting your work done is important but at least a 15 minute break between 90 minute sessions can be very beneficial, and increase your efficiency. During these breaks do something completely different and relaxing to you. Facebook scroll, practice deep breathing, rest your eyes, do something you can easily pull of out of and not get too distracted with.

 

6. Talk. Make sure you have someone you can talk to about the stressers in your life. Whether it be a friend, spouse, or relative, make sure you have a go to person that you feel you can confide in and connect with. Allow each other to blow off steam in a casual setting. Then focus on the positives of the day/moment.

 

7. Some people have found Scott Summon’s program Primal Stress to be particularly helpful. It is a program that focuses on your body and exercise and stress relief techniques.

 

~HealthyGirl

 

 

 

The Effects Stress Has On Your Body

Stress is the body’s natural response to a hostile environment.

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Are you aware of the effects stress has on your body?

Short Term Effects
When humans are threatened, the body responds with a “fight or flight” response. While this is happening, the body makes necessary adjustments to handle the threat. The hypothalamus rings and alarm and body responses typically include:

  • – Breakdown of glycogen store in the liver and muscle to get more glucose
  • – Diverting the blood from less vital organs to the most vital ones
  • – Increasing heat rate to supply blood to the body quicker
  • – Increasing blood pressure to supply blood more efficiently
  • – Increasing respiratory rate to get more oxygen to the body

 

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These responses affect the body. Here are some warning signs and symptoms you should look out for…

 

Cognitive

Physical

Emotional

Behavioral

Indecisiveness

Muscle Tension

Moodiness/Agitation

Nervous Habits

Concentration Problems

Headaches/backaches

Restlessness

Change in eating habits

Poor Judgment

Neck Pain

Impatience

Sleeping too much/little

Anxiety

Weight gain/loss

Inability to Relax

Jaw clenching

Fearful Anticipation

Insomnia

Loneliness & Isolation

Teeth Grinding

Memory Problems

Skin Breakouts

Depression

Neglecting Responsibility

 

Loss of Energy

Feeling tense or “on edge”

Overdoing  Activities (like exercising or work)

 

Loss of Sex Drive

General Unhappiness

 

 

Peptic Ulcers

 

 

 

What about the stress in your life? Where does it come from? Do you know your body’s warning signs? Do you have healthy ways to combat your stress? Check back soon for healthy ways to combat your stress.

~HealthyGirl