We have all experienced the feelings of stress right? We’ve all felt a little run down, a little irritable, overwhelmed, and sometimes cranky. But do you know what stress can really do? I mean REALLY do to you. When we continue to let stress take over our lives it can lead to something seriously dangerous. Below are the 10 scariest ways stress can wreak havoc on our bodies.
1. It Fuels Cancer in Animal Studies – A recent study showed that stress can actually help cancer cells survive against anti-cancer drugs
2. Shrinks the Brain – A new study from Yale reports that stress can reduce gray matter in regions tied to emotion and physiological functions which could signal future psychiatric problems.
3. Prematurely Ages Kids – Children that suffered extreme duress early on in their lives due to bullying, or being witnesses or victims of violence have signs of aging faster than normal.
4. Could Effect your Offspring’s Genes – Stress’s effects may not just take a toll on a person itself, but the person’s progeny, too. Certain markings to genes, influenced by outside factors like stress, are shown to still exist in the next generation.
5. Spurs Depressive Symptoms – A study done on mice has shown that stress was linked to depression-like behaviors like lengthening the response time it took to eat food.
6. Increases Risk of Chronic Diseases – How you react to stress could have an impact on your health down the road. People more anxious and stressed over everyday life are more likely to have chronic health problems.
7. Raises Stroke Risk – “Compared with healthy age-matched individuals, stressful habits and type A behavior are associated with high risk of stroke.” - Hospital Clinico Universitario San Carlos in Madrid.
8. Does a Number on your Heart – There is a 27% higher risk of heart attack when feeling anxious and stressed, which is the same effect smoking 5 cigarettes as day has on the heart.
9. Makes Colds Worse – Research shows that stress has an impact on your immune system. When you are stressed you produce more cortisol, which can then wreak havoc on your body’s inflammatory response.
10. Could Effect Cancer Outcomes – Cancer is Stressful but managing that stress could improve the disease. Research shows that undergoing a Cognitive-Behavioral Stress Management program seemed to have a positive effect on breast cancer patients’ immune system cells.
Awareness is one of the first steps in working toward making changes in your lifestyle. Tuning into your body with a help of a good massage therapist is one of the best tools for living a long and healthy life. Just getting a 30 minute massage every other week can help reduce your symptoms of stress dramatically! Call Tělo Massage Studio today or go to www.telo-massage.com to find out more information about our Maintenance Massage Programs and how WE can help YOU!