Stress makes you grow old faster.
Stress creates overwhelm and burn-out.
Stress makes you gain weight.
Stress disrupts your hormones.
Stress increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases and immune system disorders.
Do you have too much stress in your life?
If you are a woman or a man in the Western world,
if you have a family or a relationship,
if you have a job or a business,
then I’m pretty sure you are suffering from at least low-grade chronic stress!
If you want to master your energy, to master your life and stay healthy, you’d better learn how to deal with the stress in your life!
What can you learn from this episode?
- We know what stress is.
- We underestimate the amount of stress we experience every day in our lives.
- That unawareness is dangerous for your health, for your energy level and for your whole well-being.
- Stress is a very normal reaction to a situation or a trigger that causes tension.
- Stress is not a bad thing – if you have that once in a while.
- Stress is bad when you are under constant tension.
- What happens in your body when you experience stress?
- Your body creates all kinds of chemicals and hormones for a flight, fight, freeze state.
- This creates a higher heart rate, higher blood pressure and more tension in your muscles.
- At the same time your immune system, your digestive system but also your libido function at a lower intensity.
- What happens to your energy when you are under stress?
- To prepare for flight-flight-freeze your body sends a burst of yang energy upwards.
- When this happens often, this will cost you your yin energy supply.
- Women are more prone to yin deficiency problems like:
feeling hot, dry throat or mouth (often at night), sleep issues maybe insomnia, fatigue, forgetfulness, dry skin, dry eyes, dizziness or vertigo, hot flashes and night sweating, red cheeks and warm hands and feet (especially after 4 p.m.), tinnitus, vaginal dryness, a decrease in libido, osteoporosis.
Headaches, skin problems, irritation, frustration, intense dreaming, inflammation, allergies and so on
- More stress = more yin loss = you grow old faster.
- What happens to your hormones when you are under stress?
- In stress you produce cortisol, so constant stress means constant overload.
- Meaning: constant higher blood pressure, higher blood sugar level (risk of diabetes), immune system failure, plus you will slowly but surely gain weight.
- Stress = more cortisol = exhaustion adrenal glands.
- That causes you to be ‘tired but wired’ (tired in the morning, too active in the evening).
- The evening and night are yin time, so you should calm down.
- More stress = more cortisol = your hormone receptors will get resistant so your hormones won’t function well (like thyroid, insulin, progesterone, estrogen, testosterone and even cortisol itself).
- That means a higher risk on estrogen dominance causing a higher risk at estrogen dominance cancers (like ovarian and breast cancer).
- What is the opposite of stress?
- After stress a period of brain-rest should follow.
- Brain-rest is NOT: browsing through social media, checking email or reading a book.
- A very easy and simple exercise to help you wind down.
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