Having peace of mind sounds so nice, doesn’t it? Being freed from fear and stress would sure make any person’s life easier. While it might not be possible to eliminate those things completely from our lives, it’s important to try to keep that peace of mind in whatever ways we can, since stress can actually negatively affect your life and health.
First we have to understand what stress does to your body. Stress can be very helpful in an emergency; it causes your body to literally perk up. This “fight or flight” instinct makes your heart beat faster, your muscles tense and increases your brain activity. These are survival instincts, but in the long-term these reactions aren’t good for your body when sustained, not to mention the processes (like your immune system) that are suppressed because they aren’t needed in an immediate survival situation.
If you’re suffering from constant stress, you might not even notice the ways stress is affecting your body. Here are some conditions you can develop or that can worsen from stress:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Sleeping disorders
- Substance abuse
- Gastrointestinal conditions (e.g. chronic heartburn, acid reflux and irritable bowel syndrome)
- Accelerated aging and Alzheimer’s disease
Anything you can do to minimize stress and maximize peace-of-mind is very important for your wellbeing. Not only does peace of mind feel good but it is good for you. The best way to do this is to highlight the areas where you are most stressed and look at techniques for relieving that stress. When you can’t resolve a situation, exercise, yoga, or meditation can help relieve stress as well.
If you are suffering from any of these physical or mental health conditions or think you might be experiencing symptoms of stress related health conditions, you should pursue treatment.
If you are stressing about your home and family’s safety, consider learning more about home security and automation to make your life more convenient and increase your peace of mind.