Chronic stress has been linked with compromising the immune system and directly influencing the onset of disease.
The body responds to the external and internal environment by producing hormonal and neurotransmitter mediators that set in motion physiological responses of cells and tissues throughout the body, leading to a coordination of physiological responses to the current circumstances.
The concept of allostasis and allostatic load refers to a cause and effect process that begins with primary stress mediators, such as catecholamines and cortisol, which lead to primary stress effects and then to secondary stress effects such as disease.
Long-term exposure to stress can lead to serious health problems. Chronic stress disrupts nearly every system in your body. It can raise blood pressure, suppress the immune system, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, contribute to infertility, and speed up the aging process. Long-term stress can even rewire the brain, leaving you more vulnerable to anxiety and depression.
A few common stress related conditions are: pain, heart disease, digestive problems, sleep problems, obesity, depression, autoimmune diseases, cancer and skin conditions such as eczema.
We feel it is important to educate the public on stress and related disease but more important to teach practical skills for life long change.