In the words of Bartok from Anastasia, ‘Stress. It’s a killer.’
And it actually is.
According to the American Psychological Association, chronic stress is linked to the six leading causes of death: heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver and suicide. And more than 75 percent of all physician office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints.
Chronic stress can affect your brain, suppress your thyroid, cause blood sugar imbalances, decrease bone density and muscle tissue, raise blood pressure, reduce your immunity and ability to heal, and increase fat deposits around your abdomen that are associated with heart attacks, strokes and elevated “bad” cholesterol.
Source: Miami Herald
Short-term stress can help us to achieve our goals and is the reason many of us work well under pressure.
Long-term stress, meanwhile, can affect our physical and mental health temporarily and permanently.
Let’s dig a little deeper, shall we?