StressHow Stress Affects the Whole Person
Wellness is a whole-person approach.
Body Mind Spirit
Stress can change our health and well-being in many different ways.
Chronic pain, illness, and disease can all steam from high levels of stress hormones racing through the body over long periods of time. The body naturally responds to stress through a Fight or Flight response. Surging hormones throughout the body in order to protect itself, the body then returns to normal levels when the danger disappears. In today’s world, the stress effecting our lives is more than fight or fly. It’s deadlines, work/life balance, family, etc. Our bodies are now dealing with stress 24/7. Our bodies still react in the same way, but over time, constant high stress levels fatigue the body. When there’s no break, the stress hormones in the body begin to damage and prevent repair to cells and organs.
Chronic stress plays a role in your mind as well that often goes unrecognized. If you’re seriously stressed you may find that you are having troubles falling and staying asleep, you’re unhappy, discontent with life, maybe even depressed. You could be feeling anxious over things that used to not bother you. You could feel a lack of energy or feel manic.
Whether you believe in God or universal forces, humans yearn to feel a connection to a higher power. This belief answers questions that science cannot. It also provides on outlet for hope and connection. When we’re stressed, our spirit suffers. Your spirit may be feeling off-balance if you feel lost, alone, or uninspired. If you’re experiencing a sense of hopelessness, your Spirit may be in some need of care.
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Marie received her Master Health Coach Certification from the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, founded by world-renowned physician and author, Dr. William Sears. Having put in hundreds of hours into learning more about stress and its involvement in health and wellness, Marie is dedicated to use her knowledge and tools to help others learn to manage their stress and improve their health and well-being.