Aging and Stress
Stress will kill you! Stress will also make you look and feel older than you are. Stress is like an octopus with arms reaching out to invade and disrupt every aspect of life, work, friendships, and family relationships. Stress affects us both externally as well as internally.
Stress added 10 years of aging (both external and internal) to women with high stress levels, according to a study at the University of California in November 2004. These women were the mothers and care-givers of chronically ill children, so their stress levels were very high. Most of us aren’t in that position, but the study did show that stress will cause appearance of age to the external body and the deterioration that age brings to the internal body. Stress really will kill you.
There are basically four categories of stress. You need to which one(s) is causing your stress before you know how to deal with the stress. The four kinds of stress are:
1. Survival Stress: This is the “fight or flight” response that all of us have when are faced with imminent danger to ourselves or to a loved one. There is nothing you could or would want to do about survival stress. It’s a natural self-protective response that helps to keep us safe.
2. Internal Stress: This is the stress that we feel when we really are “doing it to ourselves” ó when we worry about things that we have no control over or even go out and intentionally put ourselves into what we know will be a stressful situation.
3. Environmental Stress: This is the opposite of internal stress. Environmental stress is caused by such things as pressure at work or school, excessive noise, crowded rooms, etc.
4. Fatigue and Overwork Stress: This stress is caused by working too long or too hard without proper rest or time out to rest and relax.
There are many ways to relieve stress, exercise, meditation, long relaxing baths, reading, etc. Meditation is an excellent method to relieve both physical and mental stress. Start with you being good to yourself. Handle stressful situations as they occur. Get the required rest and eat a healthy diet.
See you next time,