Did you know that 75% – 90% of Doctor appointments are stress related??? And there is a really good reason for that.
Stress makes us Old, Fat, Sick, Stupid and Sexless. Yep, all the things we go see a doctor about.
Let’s imagine for a moment that a huge sabre tooth tiger is chasing us… ok, I know that is not very likely, so in modern times that means we have, the boss on our back, the debt collector after us, teenagers, sick kids, sick parents, relationship worries etc. All these things and more are very real in our lives and they can have the same reaction on our physical and emotional bodies as the Sabre tooth tiger did in cave man days.
Here is what happens…
OLD – The stress hormones kick in pretty fast and that means that the growth hormones, the ones we like, that keep us young and pretty shut down!
FAT – Our blood sugar is likely to spike to give us a surge of energy to fight or flee the situation (read sabre tooth or boss) and then our digestive track stops functioning properly.
SICK – Our immune system decides it is not needed and shuts down, we could be eaten any moment anyway. Our blood platelets get thick and sticky to stop us from bleeding out and this puts pressure on our heart. The blood also leaves the essential organs in our system to move to our arms and legs. You get it, fight or flee again.
STUPID – In times of stress our emotional state becomes somewhat unstable. We are not able to think clearly and are simply in reactive mode. This state can often cause anxiety, overwhelm, defensive behaviour and when it’s all over we crash and can feel depressed.
SEXLESS – Sex hormones are so unnecessary for fight or flee situations. They can just be turned off and in doing so our sex drive is turned off too. We also find that our reproductive issues are increased and hormones goes haywire.
Old, Fat, Sick, Stupid and Sexless, do you know anyone who may be suffering from stress?
I will own it, this was me. I was desperately unhappy, I had 3 small children, a marriage that was failing fast and I was caught in a cycle of complaining, having no energy, putting on weight, being cranky, even explosive and I was just down right depressed.
I didn’t recognise myself in the mirror. The girl I was, was long gone, there was an old lady just around the corner and the woman looking back at me was hopelessly lost.
This was not how it was supposed to go. I knew I had to do something different, I just didn’t know what.
I just took 1 step, which lead me to my next and the next and the next. I had begun my journey from Stressed to Blessed.
Here is what I knew…
- I had to believe it was possible.
- Then I had to let go of the how.
- I trusted I would be led. I
- had to be willing to try new things and get out of my own head and my own way.
- I had to shhhhhhh the crazy, messed up thoughts
- I had to connect to the stillness, again and again and again.
The tools I learned on this journey became my Shit Shifting tools. I realised that shit always shows up but it’s what you do with it that counts.
If you want to know some of my secret weapons against Stress and begin your own Stress Less Journey, then stay turned.
10 Day Stress Less Challenge is coming very very soon.
Big love and Blessings