Today’s topic is stress. This is an all-time favourite topic of my clients. And the reason is very simple – everyone knows that “Stress kills you”! have you seen this written anywhere? I bet you have. Let me tell you a secret: Yes! Stress is bad for you but we need some stress in life to keep us going and challenging us. So not having stress can be bad too!
Let’s start with the typical day, for a young working mother. It is filled with stress.A typical day starts with a quick tea or a coffee. Then its time to wake up other members of the family. A gentle approach often does not work, so she ends up raising her voice (at least for the kids). Then she starts preparing breakfast and packs lunches for the kids. And in her mind she’s planning the whole day – her schedule, the bills to pay, grocery shopping, dealing with the relatives and friends. To make matters worse, the T.V in living room is simultaneously pouring news from around the world – good or bad; mostly bad! She literally works like a robot. She drops her kids to school and then she is at her desk to start her work, but she needs that cup of coffee to keep going.
During the whole day she works pretty much in an auto pilot mode moving from one task to the other, fuelled by stimulators like tea, coffee and sugary drinks to push her through her day; until she finally gets to bed. But does the stress stop there for her? Nope. It’s still continuing and she’s finding it hard to sleep. Finally, she gets to sleep, only to be interrupted by the alarm the next morning. She repeats her day feeling tired and exhausted. Most of us experience this typical day in our life, almost every day.
I agree that you can’t just run away from your responsibilities and so what? Why do you need to avoid stress?
Stress is damaging! Our body cannot tell the difference between an actual lion chasing you or the stress you feel whilst paying your bills. For our body, both the scenarios are stressful and it reacts to them equally. In a stressed situation, the body consumed the extra energy that it has stored to take care of special situations (like being chased by a lion!). However, if that special situation is being presented day in and day out, very soon the body consumes the saving and you lose all your surplus energy. Its like losing all your savings in the bank! Then the body needs to use the energy which is meant for normal metabolic processes – thus denying the energy for your growth, health and fighting off infections. No wonder, stress causes so many ailments in the body. The risk of having diabetes, ulcers, reproductive disorders and menstrual issues increase due to the stress you feel daily. In males the sperm count and testosterone reduces because of stress and these are just few examples. In the long term, stress damages the nervous system and your immune system gets affected causing many unwelcome guests who can make permanent residence in your body.