Stress to Cause Premature Aging
The Notion of Stress
Stress is now a well-recognized health hazard that can seriously impact the quality of life. Stress triggers are often easily found in homes, schools, workplaces, or really anywhere one normally engages in the business of life. It’s such a simple thing, yet it can play such an important role in our lives.
In general, stress usually surfaces when we experience unease or when we feel an inner sense of tension and friction mounting in response to displeasing or disagreeable things.
Think about it: how do often do you mull over stressful things and situations in your life? Some people just naturally have a tendency to always lead a highly stressful life.
Can Stress Be a Good Thing?
Believe it or not, a certain amount of stress is a really good thing in life. In fact, without a healthy dose of stress we would never really have the incentive to push ourselves to stretch, grow, and evolve in life.
But when the effects of stress become unmanageable, there is no limit to what it can do to the body. Like a chemical spill, it has a peculiar tendency to spread and tarnish all the healthy regions of the body and mind.
Under the pressure of chronic stress the body can release and circulate a constant stream of substances that can cause a system-wide inflammatory response. In time, this can compromise your health or weaken your immune response.
Stress can compromise or damage your healthy cells; it can even abnormally speed up the normal process of aging. In time, this can result in chronic or life-threatening conditions, from the simplest to the most complex diseases and disorders that would have been extremely unlikely otherwise.
How To Deal With Stress
There is no single plant or manufactured drug anywhere on Earth that could consistently avert the threat of premature aging as a result of stress. Lucky for us, however, there is a way we can diffuse this monster and put it gently to rest.
One natural but highly effective approach is to practice mindful awareness. Here, the focus of awareness should be on preventing or diffusing the impact of stress.
How could you prevent or diffuse the impact of stress? One simple but powerful choice is to be mindfully aware of your emotions. Here, the best strategy is to begin by identifying your stress-triggering emotions.
Many of our emotions are by default hardwired within the circuitry of our nervous systems. These emotions have a way of rising to the surface every time someone or something calls them from below by “pressing our buttons.”
If we can learn to identify the buttons that trigger these emotions, then we can become mindfully aware of them and prepare for them in advance. This way, when a well-known trigger presents itself, we’ll have a choice to either consciously respond or to diffuse its impact on the body and mind. By learning to willfully avert the impact of stress we can be sure to lead a healthy and youthful life.