Monday, December 10, 2012

Stress & the Body

Motivation for your Monday Fitness:
Stress & the Body

"Cast all your anxiety of Him, because He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7
Studies have shown that most of us have high levels of stress this time of year.  Bob and Caroline Scott of the Louisville Athletic Club shared some ways stress affects our overall health and how harmful high levels of stress really can be.
"This is a holy season and unfortunately, many of us allow ourselves to get over stressed this time of year.  We tend to forget the true meaning of Christmas.  Some of the physical effects of stress on your body can be pretty serious!  The list is long.  First of all, your immune system becomes much more vulnerable which increases your risk of getting sick.  Other things include sleep disorders, stomach problems, depression, anxiety, weight loss or gain, high blood pressure, heart problems, and severe headaches.  So, if you are experiencing some of these symptoms and they are being brought on by stress, it is extremely important that you do some things to relieve the stress." - Caroline Scott
"Suggestions for calming down and relaxing are obviously taking up exercise.  Plan a time to read your Bible and pray daily.  Or just rest your eyes for a few minutes.  The laundry will always be there!  You should definitely get plenty of sleep and eat healthy.  Plan your time, even if you have to write everything down.  Also, take a few minutes to clear your mind if you feel extra stress coming on.  Turn off your computer and cell phone, and don't sweat the small stuff. Finally, do something nice for a friend or loved one.  It's amazing how the act of giving can relieve stress!  Most importantly, remember, Jesus is the reason for the season!
For more great tips on health and fitness, check out Caroline's Blog

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