Written by Laura Moore, Uppy
As Health & Wellness Professionals we lead the way in helping people be their best. While it’s an extremely rewarding way to earn a living, it can also be an extremely challenging one as we naturally want to help everyone.
Dealing with people’s lives is very different to a standard 9-5 job, as is running your own business. As a result, switching off becomes a luxury.
Living a healthy lifestyle can certainly help keep a lot of health concerns at bay, with all sorts of pressures coming from all manner of directions sooner or later it is very likely that there will be an impact on your health, both physically and mentally.
Below is an overview of some of the physiological problems stress can cause. I urge you to check in with your bodies and notice if there’s anything going on.
When stressed, the adrenal glands are activated, releasing adrenaline which increases the heartrate and blood flow. Cortisol then slows down the body’s metabolism to maintain the glucose supply, and when not used, it is stored as fat around the mid-section.
If constant stress is experienced eventually these glands will become tired and energy levels will become erratic also.
When the body is trying to fight a threat, it shuts down anything not integral to survival, therefore when the body is stressed it normally shuts down the digestion system.
Food is then not digested properly and a toxic build up ensues. These toxins retain fat and excess water resulting in you feeling puffy and sluggish.
The calories we eat need sufficient nutrients in order to build tissue or burn fat. If our digestion is poor we don’t absorb the nutrients so the calories cause excess fat. The absence of the nutrients also means the cells and muscles are not receiving what they need, which can often result in unnecessary aches, pains and injuries throughout the body.
This too plays a role in digestion by helping break down fat and process toxins. It also regulates blood pressure, glucose, blood sugar, insulin, sex hormones and blood cholesterol.
If it is overworked the body becomes inflamed, which can be the cause of many major diseases.
If the body thinks you’re in danger, it certainly doesn’t want to allow you to bring a baby into that environment so it will shut down your reproductive system also.
Stressed women will likely experience painful or irregular periods and PMS. It is also common to put on weight, retain water and have erratic moods as there are excess sex hormones swimming around which confuses the body.
When we don’t get a good night’s sleep it disrupts the hormones ghrelin and leptin. These hormones turn our appetite on and off and tell the brain what to do with the fat (use for energy or store it).
Lack of sleep will confuse the process and you will experience unnecessary hunger, not know when you are full, and store fat when it should be burned. Furthermore if you don’t get a good night’s sleep your body doesn’t get the opportunity to restore itself so your ability to perform at your best both physically and mentally is seriously impaired.
Overworked adrenal glands, poor gut and liver function, sleep deficit and disturbed menstrual cycles will all affect the brain’s ability to perform at its best also.
The result will be erratic moods, brain fog, general feelings of lethargy and a lack of motivation, none of which are conducive to the smooth running of a business or a sustainable healthy personal life.