Impacts of Stress
In today’s world stress is far from abnormal. Stress lurks around every corner. From day to day stressors such as sitting in traffic, to larger life uncertainties such as finances or job security, to health causing stressors such as lack of sleep or bad diet, our body is being smacked with some sort of stress left and right.
But what is stress?
Stress is your body’s response to various potential or perceived threats. A stress response can be brought on by changes in your routine, such as running late, anxiety due to traumatic events present or past, being sick, not getting enough sleep, eating unhealthy foods or many other factors.
But how does stress affect the body?
Stress can impact our bodies, behavior, mind, emotions, and sleep!
Here are Just 5 ways stress can impact a health journey, by influencing our behaviors! As previously discussed in other blogs, behavior change is crucial to long term goals.
Some individuals react to stress by overeating, while others are under eating. Neither is optimal as you need to eat for your goals to have a balanced diet and both under or over-eating can cause even more stress on the body.
Stress many times is the culprit for those “unexplainable” emotional outbursts around our loved ones. We could feel tense, hangry, or anxious causing us to over react too quickly. Which later may lead to guilt or the behaviors listed below.
Excessive Alcohol Consumption
So many people turn to a drink at happy hour or wine at dinner after a stressful day. Occasionally this is okay, but this only adds to the stress as the root issue is only being pushed aside and not solved. Not to mention those extra calories can prevent weight loss and the alcohol can prevent muscle recovery!
We all need a support system and a cheerleader in the rollercoaster of a health journey. But being stressed can lead to becoming distant and isolated which could then lead to depression and appetite changes.
Are you seeing a vicious cycle forming?
Unmotivated to be active or exercise All of a sudden you’re stressed, you ate too much, are upset, feel distant and now do not want to go workout or do any activity.
Activity helps the body destress, but it is hard to push yourself to be active when you are. This is when having a support system can help you push forward and take action.
As you can see, there is a vicious cycle of stress and the best way to beat it is to have a preventative plan!Check out our Stress Aid supplement to help combat this cycle and instead keep you healthy, happy, and stress free!