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How Stress Destroys Your Body and Mind and How to Overcome It
We often forget that regardless of how much we may work out or spend on vitamins, we cannot have a healthy body without a healthy mind. The two are interconnected.
According to the Mayo Clinic , a stressed or overly anxious mind will have serious effects on our bodies, minds and behavior, affecting our relationships, career and happiness profoundly.
This makes sense and is logical. However, many of us focus on ways to increase our body health while overlooking our mental health. The bottom line is this is a false economy. An unhealthy mind will negatively affect our bodies, ageing us, and manifesting in all kinds of physical ways such as muscle tension, stomach problems, pain, headaches, nail biting, drug or alcohol abuse and sleep problems.
Common Effects of Stress
|High blood pressure
Tachycardia (high resting heart rate)
Lack of motivation
Lack of focus
Lack of appetite
Changed sex drive
Shortness of breath
Lack of confidence or self belief
Unnecessary medication and side effects
|Lack of exercise
Inability to sit still
Sense of doom
Feeling of helplessness
Drug of alcohol abuse
Feeling isolated, lost or alone
Poor memory or forgetfulness
Poor immune system
Indecisiveness or procrastination
Poor mental health can cause premature ageing
Tips for a Healthy Mind
- Make sure you get at least 7-8 hours sleep a night (9 if you’re a teenager and 10-11 if you’re a child).
- Build relaxation time into your schedule.
- Spend uninterrupted quality time regularly with your family, friends and those you love.
- Aim to get outside, in nature, for at least half and hour a day. Feel the grass between your toes, or the sand beneath your feet.
- Develop a regular exercise routine, doing something you enjoy.
- Eat “growing food” – anything that was once growing and alive – rather than processed foods or foods that come out of a factory.
- Drink 2 litres of water a day, but avoid drinking fluids too close to bedtime.
- Avoid alcohol, especially during the week. Alcohol is a depressant.
- Build regular relaxation techniques into your day, such as deep breathing or meditation.
- Focus on the positives. What you focus on grows, so notice what is working in your life rather than what isn’t.
- See destructive thoughts like signs on a highway advertising an unhealthy product like cigarettes…just ignore it, don’t “read” it, let it come and let it go.
- Avoid violent or depressing movies, video games or social media.
- Limit time on social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram to a maximum of half an hour a day.
- Put time aside for you to do quiet peaceful activities like reading, taking a bath, lying in a park or on the beach, walking through nature or swimming in the sea.
- Cuddle and play with your pets and children.
What Else You Can Do
- Discover simple tips to sleep well HERE.
- Learn how to breathe your way to calm HERE, and incorporate it into your day.
- Take action. Don’t be afraid to see an anxiety specialist who can help you develop lifetime tools to naturally reduce and manage stress.
Lyn Megan Macpherson (M.A., M.Ed., Dip.Clin.Hyp., Dip.NLP) is a Double Masters qualified, award winning, Government Accredited Clinical Hypnotherapist, NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Practitioner, Social Ecologist, Transformative Psychotherapist and author.
Lyn has researched and practiced revolutionary ways to overcome fears, anxieties, and all forms of destructive patterns of thinking and behaviour in order to generate long-term, natural and transformative change. She specialises in empowering young people with anxiety to calmly take control of their lives to confidently create their ultimate future. Lyn lives on the Northern Beaches with her husband and two teenage daughters. Please visit the HARMONY SOLUTIONS AND HYPNOTHERAPY WEBSITE HERE.
Disclaimer. Lyn Megan Macpherson is not a medical doctor, psychologist or psychiatrist, and does not claim to be one. She therefore holds no legal liability for the choices of readers who are encouraged to make informed decisions and seek medical advice if required.
Links and References
 WebMD. The Effects of Stress on Your Body. Downloaded 2nd August, 2017 from http://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/effects-of-stress-on-your-body
 Mayo Clinic. Stress Symptoms: Effects on Your Body and Behaviour. Downloaded 2nd August, 2017 from http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress-symptoms/art-20050987