To much change can lead to ...
Stress, anxiety and worry, affects our physical and emotional wellbeing, energy balance and general health, particularly if stress is internalised. If left un-checked our energy becomes depleted resulting in the mind and body's defences become weakened. Because of today's high-stress culture, the body's stress response is activated so often that it does not always have a chance to return to normal, resulting in a state of chronic stress and the accumulation of toxins.
A certain amount of stress is healthy, but when faced with too much pressure we get sick, and this is when aches and pains start to occur - the body’s way of telling us we have an issue needing our attention. To compound the situation, we may also go onto abuse our bodies: through diet, smoking, use of drugs and so on, in an effort to help numb our feelings and seek comfort. That little extra drink maybe?
When our behaviour produces negative or destructive effects on us, this is called self-abuse of body, emotions or mind, as we try to deal with the stress. As a result, we have difficulty in making decisions, we become disorganised, feel overwhelmed, and become defensive, withdraw socially and our work efficiency, productivity and relationships suffers, next comes that trip to the doctors:
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The facts are in the figures (2017 research)
- 13.4 million days were attributed to stress, anxiety or depression
- 1 in 3 sick notes handed out by GPs were for mental health problems
- 1 in 5 people signed off for mental health problems were off for at least three months
- Around 12 million adults in the UK see their GP with mental health problems each year
- 1 in 6 adults in the UK takes anti-depressants as a result of stress