We all know that high-stress levels raise the inflammation markers in the body. If these markers remain high enough for long periods, it is not surprising that though that autoimmune systems start to present themselves…right???
I think there has been too much focus on how stress contributes to heart disease and stroke but there is an important element that is overlooked. The impact of stress on inflammation…….
Because inflammation affects the body massively and pre-disposes the body to develop so many different diagnoses which can be prevented. I am sharing my story in the hope that this will help someone else and they can go off the learning that I have had through my body with the focus on prevention.
I know that my stress levels were very high for about 6 years from 2011 to 2017 when I ran a very busy practice and I had high levels of stress. During this time, I was burning the candle at both ends, long days in the office, minimal exercise, eating late dinner at night, sitting too much in the evening after working with clients when my body was asking for rest and pushing my body past its limits to achieve what my brain thought I should strive for and achieve.
But here’s the thing, when we do this, I mean "keep pushing" and "driving the body" to limits past what is normal and what is possible…..it is going to rebel. Because let’s face it, we are not invincible.
I think I went through a period of thinking “Just keep going….
You have to do this…..
You can’t stop now…..
You don’t have a choice
You have to do this and No one else can do it!
And it was during this period when I wasn’t always listening to what my body was trying to tell me.
I definitely think stress had a massive thing to do with my autoimmune symptoms. Even though I had and still have a very healthy diet – gluten-free, dairy-free, I didn’t realise the impact that the stress was doing internally on my body. It wasn’t until 2 years ago when these symptoms started to present themselves as physical problems and showed up on a health screen. Her
As my body started to rebel and I was forced to sit up and listen to what it had to say…
I re-evaluated what was important
I re-evaluated what success and failure looked like
I became so grateful for support and help in all areas of my life
I re-defined how I wanted my life to be and how I wanted to spend my time
I re-evaluated the balance between business and personal time so I had a more balanced and well-rounded life
Reducing the stress component and incorporating more elements in my daily and work life that help keep the stressors lower helped to promote health and healing for me. And now it is about keeping all these strategies going that help.
Now I do everything with a more well-rounded view on things.
I think we can do more to spread the word about inflammation and how we can all go about reducing this and it all starts with managing and lowering stress where possible as well as developing good strategies to help us re-set or come back into balance more easily.
I hope this helps you and hears to hoping that you have some insights into where in your life you can make shifts that will enhance your health and lower your inflammation markers
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