There's a reoccurring question I've been hearing a lot lately: "Is stress unhealthy?" Or "Does stress make you sick?" I'd like to go on the record to say that the jury is NOT still out on this question. Numerous studies  in recent years have demonstrated the link between stress and sickness.
While acute stress, the "fight or flight" response, may serve to protect us from harm and injury or may positively motivate us to action, chronic stress is deleterious to our health. There is compelling evidence  that chronic stress negatively impacts cells and organs throughout our body. Stress  shows up in our bodies in different ways, none of them good: muscular tension, migraine headaches , anxiety , gastrointestinal disturbances , hypertension, and insomnia, to name just a few.
According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, two-thirds of office visits to family doctors are for stress-related symptoms. Thus, it is not surprising that stress related illnesses contribute significantly to healthcare costs.
While everyday life has its inherent ups and downs, we are living in incredibly challenging times. Many of us are oblivious to the toll that stress is taking on our bodies, while others choose to ignore it.
I'd like to offer you a few ideas on how to manage or reduce stress:
Figure out what you can and cannot control in your life and start making changes that are life-giving and that will nurture your body, mind, and spirit. And finally, don't forget to take a deep breath and enjoy spring!