We never think of our health until something happens to someone we know. That’s been the case recently. I have been living a super-stressed life for the past few years and haven’t taken time to slow down and appreciate a less stress-filled existence. That has changed recently.
Without going into detail, someone near to me had an experience I wouldn’t wish on anyone. It was a shock to find out about it. Even worse was hearing the doctor’s diagnosis and then seeing them pushed into an urgent situation. This was the wake-up call most of us need at times to make changes.
Watching this, I can say that my outlook has changed slightly. I’ve been making small changes in my own life. I’m meeting with a nutritionist on Wednesday to learn how to eat better. I know that I need to lose weight. Part of my weight issues are also from stress, I’m fairly certain. I’ve always been a stress eater and an emotional eater. I’m working on changing those habits because it’s not a good thing to reach for food to soothe oneself. Working on the stress aspect is definitely something that I’ve been looking at recently.
According to The Mayo Clinic, “Stress that’s left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Stress affects the body, mood and behavior. It can cause headaches, muscle tension, anxiety, restlessness, over or under eating, angry outbursts, social withdrawal…” The article I read on this site gives suggestions for dealing with stress. It includes “setting aside to do things we enjoy, like reading books; regular social activity and regular physical activity.” This is one of the reasons I go walking as much as I do. I get antsy sitting for hours on end. New research shwos that sitting is as bad for you as smoking. Things that can happen to you , accordng to an article from May, 2014 in Business Insider, include “Low Energy Expenditure; Slower metabolism; compromised posture; reduced social skills…”
It all ties in. We sit, we become less social, because, well, we’re a nation of phone junkies. Even if we scream about how everyone around us has their noses buried in their phones, we humans live on our phones. That leads to reduced face to face communication. That’s a social skill lost. That’s stress if and when we finally decide we want to pursue humanity.
This leads me back to my original statement. I am working on decreasing the amount of stress I’m subjecting myself to. Once I do, I think I’ll have a better chance of being healthy and happy.