“One hundred-fifty million people make up the United States workforce and the number of them experiencing chronic stress is at an all-time high.” Ron Stout states that stress is “The Silent Killer.” It has killed more people than car accidents, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer combined. According to the American Institute of Stress, 85% of all medical problems may be related to stress. Stress can affect personal and professional relationships, performance in both school and work, and leave long term problems in marriage, health and happiness.
The human body is wired to stress, but it’s how you react to it that really affects you. As humans, it’s good to have stress. It keeps us going and get important tasks done. This is called Eustress. Being fit for stress is very important because it helps maintain a balance life without harming yourself. A person should be fit for stress in three ways: intellectually, physically, and emotionally. So how do you know if you’re too stressed? If you had to range your stress level from a 1-10, 1-3 is considered safe and highly recommended, a level of 4-5 is a red flag, and a level of six or higher means that you’re in great danger and need to seek some kind of help. The most visible sign of stress is weight loss and gain. When afflicted with stress your immune system is suppressed causing you have a loss of appetite. The leptin levels is the human body’s protein produced by fatty tissue and it regulates the fat storage in the body. Our leptin levels increases when we sleep properly but because of stress we lose the proper 6-8 hours of sleep needed to restore our energy Because of the decreased hours in sleep, we experience a 22% increase of appetite.
There are two types of stress: acute and chronic. Acute stress is short lived and intense. It’s spontaneous and duration impacts the central nervous system. Chronic stress is ongoing, continuous. It can have a long-lasting impact the endocrine system. The human response to stress can vary from person to person. The key effects of chronic stress may include increase in both heart rate and blood pressure, sweating and rapid breathing. So how do you prevent from going above a 3? Exercising is one of the best ways to manage both acute and chronic stress. Just by walking for 30 minutes a day, five days a week you can increase your life span by 6-9 years.