Stress is rampant in today’s world and is at the center of almost all disease states, both physical and mental-emotional. Living in a world moving at amplified speeds, our energetic systems are bombarded with input at unprecedented rates. Multi-tasking between work, parenting, house chores, and other responsibilities, makes life look like a constant series of scheduled tasks. As a result, many people feel rushed, hurried, unsupported, and burnt out. The phrase, “I don’t have time”, is a common motto in the 21st century.
This manner of living puts tremendous amounts of stress on the body leading to multi- system dysfunction and eventually disease states. While the short-term effects of stress are a normal physiologic response, long-term chronic stress will lead to many negative side effects.
Effects of Chronic Stress include:
- Inhibited cortical brain function (brain fog, ADD/ADHD)
- Emotional disorders (anxiety and depression)
- Increased risk for addiction
- Poor sleep patterns
- Weight gain
- Cardiovascular disease (hypertension, myocardial infarction)
- Digestive disorders (IBS) and micronutrient deficiencies
- Impaired immune function and frequent illness
“Being preoccupied with the past or future creates much of your stress”
-Doc Childre, founder of The Institute of HeartMath