Prolonged negative thinking weakens the immune system creating an environment ready for disease and illness. The children’s story Henny Penny is all about a hysterical or mistaken belief that disaster is imminent – that the sky is literally falling! The fear, stress and anxiety of thoughts like “Woe is me, Ain’t it awful,” or “What if this or that happens?” and living your life from “I’m not good enough” and “I don’t deserve,” is as real of a stressor to your body as if the sky is literally falling. And when your sky is falling you innately go to fight-or-flight.
This fight-or-flight response is what enabled our ancestors to deal with a more hostile, physically demanding world of hunting, fighting, and surviving. It’s the body’s instinctive response to a perceived threat. The stress response is optimally designed to protect us from direct, identifiable and short-term danger, such as running from a tiger in the wilderness. When our ancestors were chased by tigers they ran or they were eaten. Their stress was short term. Today, the source of stress for most of us is paying our bills, keeping up with an overwhelming workload, and managing work, family and the day to day tasks of taking out the garbage and mowing the lawn. These stressors don’t end – they are long-term.
When stress hormones are continually released and your body is in fight-or-flight mode for prolonged periods of time, then damage can occur. This stress can influence health both directly and indirectly. Directly, stress exerts a powerful effect on all body systems by affecting the nervous system and the endocrine system. All gastrointestinal functions, such as appetite, digestion, muscle contractions in the intestine and bowel movements are mediated by nerve impulses and hormone signals. Indirectly, stress can lead to an increase in harmful activities, such as emotional eating, smoking or drinking alcohol, which also adversely affect your GI tract.
Most humans rarely encounter emergencies that require physical effort, yet our biology still provides for them. Thus, we may find our stress response activated in situations where physical action is unnecessary. This activation takes a toll on both our bodies and our minds. Diarrhea, constipation, and difficulty maintaining sexual arousal are typical examples. And when this response continues unchecked during times of chronic stress the harmful effects inhibit digestion, reproduction, growth, tissue repair, and the responses of your immune and inflammatory systems. In other words, some very important functions that keep your body healthy begin to shut down.
Feeling stressed makes your body become tense or strained, which significantly reduces your stamina, patience, concentration and mental capacity. During stress, cortisol is released. Cortisol is an important hormone in the body that is secreted by the adrenal glands. In proper amounts, it helps the body recharge by offering a quick burst of energy for survival reasons. It enhances disease resistance with increased immunity, fights inflammation and improves memory. Unfortunately, in our current high-stress culture, the body’s stress response is activated so often that it doesn’t have a chance to return to normal, producing what is termed “chronic stress”. This is harmful, since too much cortisol promotes the accumulation of abdominal fat, which is associated with a greater amount of health problems than fat deposited in other areas of the body. Some of the health problems associated with increased stomach fat are heart attacks, strokes, higher levels of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) and lower levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL).
In addition, excess cortisol suppresses immunity, shrinks brain cells and impairs memory. It also inhibits your body’s inflammatory response, thus explaining why stress makes you more vulnerable to getting sick. In a state of stress, the adrenaline causes an increase in blood pressure and constricts vessels to skin and the digestive system, making you feel physically tense, uptight or tired.
What most people don’t realize is that stress is completely self-inflicted. Charles Darwin said that “The highest possible stage in moral culture is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.” Keep in mind that it is your perception of our environment which determines whether a situation is stressful. It is your perception that determines Heaven or Hell.
When you acknowledge and accept your world around you, you can be mindful and know that you are OK – that your sky isn’t literally falling. Doing this, your body can relax boosting your immune system for your health and wellness. You can create heaven out of your Hell.
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