Any medical practitioner will tell you, prevention is the key to maintaining good health. Like it or not, we have to mind our thoughts, eat nutritious foods, exercise regularly, and manage stress regularly to stay minimally healthy. This can be tricky because choices are often made unconsciously based on conditioning and where you are emotionally. If you’ve been taught to eat or respond to stress in a certain way, making a conscious choice to change your diet or your reactions may be a challenging test of your will against old patterns. In addition, there are physiological responses to stress that can be damaging to the body, including the release of cortisol and adrenaline. Both of these chemicals play an important role in preparing the body to handle stress (cortisol) and protecting us under extreme stress (adrenaline). However, the sustaining of these chemicals at high levels can increase blood pressure, cause fertility problems, weaken your immune system, and even cause heart attacks and strokes.
- Are you pushing yourself to the limit?
- Do you find yourself binge eating?
- Do you toss and turn at night?
- Has the richness in your life disappeared?
- Take frequent breaks.
- Keep healthful snacks on hand.
- Exercise and meditate regularly.
- Have fun.
- Get out for fresh air.