- Symptom triggers: stress is an asthma trigger for 69% of asthma sufferers
- Memory: Atrophy of hippocampus is a result of PTSD. Hippocampus is where memories are stored and appears to be the reason why PTSD sufferers experience loss of memory. (Research by J. Douglas Bremner and his colleagues at Yale Medical School) While Most of us will be spared post-traumatic stress disorder, most memory troubles will fall under the influence of everyday stressors, which alter accuracy, intensity, persistence, and ease of retrieval.
- Accelerated Aging: researchers have demonstrated recently for the first time that higher level of stress and depression is linked to accelerated aging
- Increased Mortality risk: Those with moderately high stressful life events had a 42% increase in mortality risk.
- Slower Healing Rate: A fascinating study, one of many of this kind, done at Ohio State University shows that healing can be slowed by as much as 40% when one is stressed.
- Increased risk of heart disease, stroke and cancer: Depression increases risk for and worsens outcomes among those with coronary artery disease, stroke, and cancer. Worldwide, major depressive disorder is a leading source of morbidity, and by 2030 it is projected to be the number one contributor to the global burden of disease.
- Inflammation: People who react negatively to stress are at risk for high inflammatory response.
You probably already knew that your stressful reactions weren’t helping you. But, to just to remind you, it isn’t the event that is causing the stress, it is the reaction to stress that causes harm to the body. So, another choice is to find and use a regular practice like Ishayas’ Ascension to develop new resilience skills.
Our life is filled with endless possibilities but we won’t see them if we are caught up in stress and worry. What opportunities and possibilities might you be overlooking in your life?