Most people think of stress as bad but stress is actually both good and bad. Stress can motivate us to study for an exam or pay our bills on time, it can protect us we buy alarm systems for our homes, businesses or cars, and it can feed us since we go to work to put food on the table.
However, too much stress is really bad for your brain and body, and unfortunately, too much of it can also kill you. In fact, did you know that, according to the National Safety Council, as much as 80% of all disease and illness is initiated and aggravated by stress?
Chronic exposure to high levels of stress hormones has been associated with countless problems that make us unhappy, such as increased appetite, sugar and fat cravings, and abdominal obesity. Additionally, long-term exposure to high levels of stress hormones has been associated with:
- Low energy
- Poor concentration
- Elevated cholesterol levels
- Heart disease and hypertension
- Increased risk for strokes
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Reduced immune system function
The problem with stress in our modern-day world is that, for many of us, it never stops – traffic, bills, bosses, employees, unhappy in-laws, too little sleep, illnesses, and too much to do.
So what do you do if you are dealing with too much stress?
That is exactly the question I answered when asked by a member of the audience during the filming of my television special, On the Psychiatrist’s Couch. Watch this short video to see how I answered the question, “What are some tricks to dealing with stress?”
Here are just a few of the helpful things you will hear about:
- Why meditation is not a cure-all for stress
- Things to consider if you are stressed
- The importance of letting go of control
- Who the terrorist in your life really is
Having a regular stress-management program is critical to keeping your brain healthy in the long run.
You really CAN learn to manage your stress and make your brain better, but you need a very specific program to do so.
You have a choice about how you respond to the stress in your life. Amen Clinics has helped tens of thousands of people manage stress and anxiety. If you feel that you or a loved one could benefit from an evaluation, contact Amen Clinics Care Center today or call 888-288-9834.
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