Stress levels and how you handle stress has such a direct impact on disease and worsening disease that if the health care system really wanted healthy citizens, our society should be set up to make basic critical stresses lesser.
Things such as affordable housing, emotional support systems, and lots of paths encouraging walking and biking would be critical necessities.
My recent health crises since this summer were directly the result of years of prolonged excessive stress in every arena of my life.
The constantly clenched muscles led to aches and pains, poor sleep, and high blood pressure. With anxiety came eating and with work came lack of exercise, leading to elevated blood sugar. The stress weakening my immune system meant that a simple flu became an ER visit, a head cold became a sinus infection, and ultimately a cold sore became Bell's palsy.
Stress and how we handle it determines the development of disease and the control of it.
For me with health issues and medical care, the stressors stacked up even more. On top of all the other things going on, I now had to monitor health, follow regimens, lose weight, exercise, on top of already existing stressful situations and relationships.
Stress can be a cascading issue. One doesn't just have money issues. Those money issues become debt, or trouble making rent, or a car that broke down and can't be fixed. You can't have just one stressor. Whatever it is stressing you, it is affecting many things - especially your health!
How much you drink, how much you sleep, how much you take time to care for yourself, the speed at which you eat fast food and put on weight, the lack of exercise as you sit at a desk, the arguments with a spouse that keep your mind preoccupied, the pants-on-fire overall urgency of driving with a foot on the gas pedal and one on the brake, all lead to cascading health stresses.
Did you know 90% of people that seek out a doctor do so because of a stress-born issue?
my tips for handling stress
Sometimes, it's about gaining perspective. I have found, as odd as it sounds, that watching videos containing interviews with people who had near-death experiences teaches a confidence that you are part of a bigger network, a higher dimension, an energy and it is without judgment or death.
The soul remains. When you realize you are not a human being having a spiritual experience, but a spiritual being having a human experience, it gives you a place to tap into that is above this mortal plane and makes many of the drama here a mortal issue that can't touch your soul.
As hippie as it sounds, "life - it's all about love."