Is there a relationship?
There is a strong relationship between stress, anxiety and hormone balance of the body. Stress-related hormones are steroids, catecholamines, growth hormones, and prolactin. This is proved in a reputable scientific study published by Ranabir S, and Reetu K in the Indian Journal of Endocrinology and metabolism, 2011 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3079864/
So what are the stakes?
Elevated stress hormones can result in negative health sequelae such as high blood pressure, diabetes, irregular heartbeats, coronary heart disease and these diseases can affect the survival of inflicted people and they live shorter than those who don’t have high-stress hormones.
How can we reduce stress in our lives?
Overcoming stress is an essential step towards healthy living given the fact that stress can be a major factor in stress hormone production, and hence the development of a myriad of chronic diseases. There are many ways we can use to manage stress in our lives such as meditation, deep breathing, prayers, positive look to our lives which means to be proud of our successful achievements and try working on our deficiencies without spending all the time criticizing ourselves for being a failure or unable to catch the success or achievements.
What happens if I could not manage my stress?
Ask for help, don’t let stress negatively inflict your mood or thinking. Asking a friend, relative or even a neighbour you trust can be the right step in relieving your stress, even he/she doesn’t offer a professional help, they can help you breath out your concerns and listen to your complaints.
Can I seek medical help if I am very stressed?
Of course, you can. At many times, if you have tried stress reduction techniques mentioned above, talked to a friend or relative and still have a stressful life, you can always ask for help.
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