Welcome to April!
Very probably, with the arrival of Spring you start to become aware that you’re overstressed due to work.
According to recent studies from the American Institute of Stress, up to 65% of professionals state that workplace stress is the cause of their distress.
As you certainly know, stress has a negative impact both on our minds and our bodies.
Some of the signs that your mind/body system is overstressed are:
If you feel like you’re constantly battling against a lot of not well-defined illnesses, stress may well be the cause. This occurs because stress takes a great toll on your immune system, leaving you more subject to infections.
Different clinical studies show that people exposed to chronic stress have weakened immune response to the flu vaccine, and that stressed adults are more prone to respiratory infections and experience 60% more days of symptoms than the people who are not stressed.
CHANGES IN LIBIDO
Many people experience changes in their libido due to stress and anxiety.
TIREDNESS AND INSOMNIA
Stress also causes a very negative effect on your sleep. When you are overstressed, the cortisol levels in your blood become unbalanced, thus reversing the normal patterns. This means that you will be unable to fall asleep quickly, you will have troubled nights, and then you will wake in the morning tired.
YOU HAVE INTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Our guts are our second brain, so it’s no surprise that when we are stressed and anxious, they undergo a lot of negative side effects.
These range from a feeling of having knots in our stomach, intestinal inflammation, digestion difficulties, irritable bowel syndrome symptoms, and more.
EFFECTS ON OUR BODY
Stress puts our amygdala, the oldest part of our brains, in a permanent state of alert, putting us in a fight or flight mode. When this mode is active, we partially lose the control of our rational brain and we become more uncontrollable and unpredictable. Fight or flight hormones are released in our body, and they increase our blood pressure, heart rate, and alter our muscular tension and respiration. All these things are designed to let us be prepared to cope with an emergency.
We can feel the adrenaline being pumped in, and our heart start beating quicker and with more strength, and sometimes it can miss some beats while we experience hyperventilation.
EFFECTS ON MIND
Stress and anxiety, as everyone has easily experienced, have a very negative effects on our brain. When the amygdala takes control of the situation, we become unable to access memories, information, focus control.
This is because our body goes into a survival mode, shutting off all functions that aren’t necessary for survival.
To help solving all these symptoms, Dai-Hara Kizendo offers a vast range of solutions, starting from meditation, passing through relaxation and mindfulness practice, and arriving to physical exercises.