The Effects of Stress on Your Health

Yes, it’s true everyone has stress in their life whether it be financial, physical ailments, family stress, work stress, time constraints we all have some sort of stress in our lives. But how we cope with the stresses in our lives can impact our health in adverse ways if we don’t cope with them correctly.

Moms, as much as we may think we are invincible and even want to believe that we really are we aren’t. If we don’t learn to cope with stress in a healthful way then it can affect our physical health. So, first we much come to terms with the fact that we aren’t invincible and we don’t have to be. We don’t have to do it ALL.

If you come home from a long work day to a pile of dirty dishes, laundry piled up, or some other household task that hasn’t been cared for what happens? Chances are the first person who even mentions the mess is going to get an earful. Not only that but your body reacts as well, you blood pressure rises, a headache may ensue, or you may just feel like your stomach is in knots. Sure you can take an asprin for your headache or an antacid for your now upset stomach but it isn’t the answer. A pill isn’t going to make things right. In fact, it may do just the opposite.

A pill may seem to make things better for that instance but what is it really doing to your body? Too much pain medication can actually cause irritation to your digestive system and that in turn will just cause more stress. Are you coping with your stress in an unhealthy way?

Do you eat when you are stressed? What do you head for when you are stressing out? Chances are it isn’t something healthy. Most people head for the unhealthy comfort foods such as chocolate and other sweets. Doing so can be extremely dangerous as it can lead to such things as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. These are dangerous illnesses that can lead to even more dangerous health situations such as stroke or heart disease. You are a mom, and your kids need you around for as long as you can be, therefore unhealthy habits such as these would lead you in the opposite directions. A road you don’t want to go down.

Take some time to look past the mess of the peanut butter and jelly sandwich attempt your little one made and go cuddle with him on the couch instead and kiss away all the jelly spots on his little face and just really enjoy being a mom and leave the stress behind with the mess you can clean up later. I kind of doubt it’s going anywhere.

Learn to leave work stress at work and out of your home life. Spend more time cuddling with those you love and cope with life’s stresses in a manner that will make sure you will be around for your little for years to come.

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