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Is Stress REALLY That Bad For You?

We’ve all heard that stress is bad for our health. That’s true, stress can wreak havoc on your body if it’s chronic and isn’t processed correctly. But, what if I told you that stress isn’t ALWAYS a bad thing?

Yep, you read that right….stress can actually be beneficial!

You’re probably asking yourself, “what kind of stress is considered healthy stress?” Any kind of stress can be healthy if it’s short-term and you have rest between stressful episodes. Think of it like muscle building, in order to build muscles, you must create resistance and stress the muscles. However, REST is vital for the muscles to heal and grow.

Have you ever been nervous for a work interview? Had a big deadline for an important project? Had an argument with a close friend? All of these provoke stress, which often leads to being more productive, boosting motivation, better memory and achieving goals. Recurring stress also creates resilience. Stress also activates our fight-or-flight response which is important and can serve as a vital warning that we need to protect ourselves.

There’s even a study that showed patients who experienced a moderate amount of stress prior to a surgery recovered faster than those who had lower levels of stress.

Acute stress will cause the heart to beat harder and faster, pumping more blood which can increase your immune system! However, just like any other muscle in your body, your heart needs time to recover. If you’re under constant stress, you’ll end up having prolonged high blood pressure, weakening the heart, and you’ll inhibit your immune system. This just shows that too much of a good thing can be harmful!

It’s okay to get those butterflies in the stomach and the rush of endorphins. They can be beneficial to you and your health, but moderation is key! If you are feeling like you’re always stressed, try moving more, deep breathing, mediation and/or prayer, etc. Don’t forget your regular adjustments too! They help your body best process the stress!

Need more ideas on how to combat chronic stress? Let us know! We’d be happy to share some tips!

 We are committed to educating and inspiring individuals and families to cultivate health and healing throughout their lives.

Dr. Erik and Dr. Patricia

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