Everyone has stress in their life, but when it becomes too much to handle, your body may be at risk for health ailments and illnesses such as depression and anxiety, cardiovascular health issues, type 2 diabetes and various cancers.
When you are stressed, your body produces the stress hormone “Cortisol”, which over time, causes bodily inflammation. Additionally, stress decreases your body’s “lymphocytes”, which are white blood cells that fight infection. This inflammation and decrease in lymphocytes can put stress on your immune system which doesn’t allow you to be properly protected from bacteria, viruses and illnesses.
Stress management techniques can not only help you calm your mind, but also give your immune system a break and allow the inflammation to subside while giving your body time to regenerate those valuable lymphocytes.
Stress management is different person-to-person and is most effective when practiced and used.
Having some stress in your life is normal and can actually be healthful and protective. When stress becomes chronic and takes over our lives, that is when we potentially see negative health consequences and a decrease in our immune function.