How Stress Impacts Your Health – And What to Do About It

How Stress Impacts Your HealthStress is a symptom of our times. According to Statistics Canada, 23% of people over the age of 15 report that most days are “quite a bit” or “extremely” stressful, and that number rises to 30% among the 35 to 54 age group.

The question is, how does stress impact your physical and mental health? And, what – if anything – can you actually do about it? Let us investigate.

The Health Impacts of Stress

Stress is a leading contributor to a host of afflictions and chronic diseases. Those who have high levels of stress and anxiety are more likely to suffer from high blood pressure as well as insomnia and migraines, for example.

Many people try to cope with stress in a variety of unhealthy ways too, like overeating or abusing drugs and alcohol. And, of course, this can lead to further health problems. In short, stress is the main reason why humans are so unhealthy!

What to Do About Stress

The first step is to work on transforming your mindset. However, even if you cannot control how stressful your life is, there are better ways of managing the stress that you’re forced to deal with. One of the most effective ways is through Yoga Therapy and Guided Meditation for stress. Another way in which to cope better with stress is with the help of a qualified Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapist (MBCT).

MBCT is an evidenced-based group therapy for preventing a depressive relapse. It also has been found to reduce acute depression, anxiety and stress. Research has demonstrated that MBCT is as effective as antidepressants in preventing depressive relapse or recurrence (Kuyken, 2015).

Looking for information on Mindfulness Meditation for stress or MBCT? Then be sure to get in touch with Janet Haughton Quarshie of of Atha Jiva – today!

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