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Know The Consequences Of Stress And Make Healthy Choices

Updated on September 12, 2012

If you have ever been stressed before, then you know firsthand how it feels, and what it can do to you, which is never something good. When we're young, it's easy to feel like you are immune to all the things that happen to older people. Despite their mindset of invincibility, young people should also begin to realize that stress is very real, and that it can have negative effects, even on them. It is ideal to start living a more balanced life, and taking care of yourself while you are still young. This article was written to help you understand how the consequences of stress should always be avoided.

Hormones in our body can be influenced dramatically by chronic stress in a detrimental fashion. If you have a stressful day, or if a stressful situation occurs that is an emergency, your body will interpret both events in the same manner. The human body is reactive to outside stimuli, and will put cortisol and adrenaline into your bloodstream. This is a natural response to the stress you are feeling or experiencing. A lot of different reactions will also occur including blood sugar levels spiking, too much cortisol in your bloodstream, and your adrenals and pituitary gland getting maxed out. You will certainly have adrenal burnout because of this perpetual stress, which is basically overworking this particular gland.

If you have a lot of stress in your life, generally speaking, your life will be very imbalanced. In many ways, people will not find an end to this because they put up with it on a regular basis, not looking for a resolution. It becomes very much like a ritual, where you simply put out the fires until they come back again. Sometimes people will look at their lives and realize that it is in shambles, which can affect them very badly. Depression can actually set in when you think that the quality of your life is very poor, and that there is no hope in sight. Like an octopus, with tentacles grabbing you from all sides, stress can pull at you in every direction. The cumulative effects of stress are exactly why it needs to be taken on and managed.

Many conditions, including depression, are directly linked to the stress you experience every day. Any chronic situation, especially if it makes you feel negative, is related as well. By not taking control of your life, and letting all of this rule you, you can become more depressed as time goes by. Like a black hole, feeding upon itself, it can use this negative energy to keep pulling you down. The only alternative is to make a very bold decision to stop the downward spiral. Immense amounts of energy and willpower must be used, but you can do this! Make a conscious decision to do something positive, instead of something negative. All you need is a plan of action, and the determination to follow through, in order to make your life better.

Once you get a taste of how much better you feel when it comes to dealing with stress, then there will be no turning back. The overall cumulative effects of stress of all kinds is like a huge gorilla that is not very nice. The idea is to make sure you get control of stress before the symptoms of it start to control you.


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      Marie Giunta 5 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      How true Rodney80, when we are young we don't think about how stress affects our body. You have made some good points here about looking after yourself during times of stress. Voted up and useful.