We all know what it is like to feel stressed. Each of us experiences stress differently. In fact, our bodies have a ‘stress response mechanism’ that involves our nervous system and our hormone system. Specifically it is referred to as the neuroendocrine response. In short, our nerves and hormones go nuts and affect different things in our bodies like heart rate, digestion, blood pressure and the list goes on.
The problem arises in that the more we are stressed, the more we activate the stress response mechanism and the more we open ourselves up to chronic disease. It is the cumulative stress load that does the damage. This whole process is called ‘Allostatic Load’. It is currently being studied by scientists.
In the future, don’t be surprised if you are evaluated by some ‘white coat’ to determine your allostatic load. Because that information will give you an idea of what possibly lies ahead in your medical future.
So what can you do? Be mindful of the stress you are taking on daily. Get a massage, take time for yourself, walk, meditate, do yoga, exercise or drink some nice warm green tea. It is not rocket science. It is called wellness.