Have you noticed that you have been grappling with stress more often than you’d like recently?
If so, it’s worth taking action to reduce things in your life which are stressing you out, because scientists in America have just found a very definite link between chronic long-term stress and heart problems – as well as strokes.
According to a study which has been published in The Lancet, over the past decade more and more individuals are experiencing psychosocial stress on a daily basis. Heavy workloads, job insecurity, or financial issues are circumstances that can result in chronically increased stress, which in turn can lead to chronic psychological disorders such as depression. Besides the heavy psychological burden, chronic stress is also associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease says the report.
In conclusion, researchers say that stress could be as important a risk factor as smoking and high blood pressure when it comes to heart disease.
We asked Lumity’s creator Dr. Sara Palmer Hussey, PhD, what other problems stress causes and she underlines that it definitely speeds up the ageing process:
“Stress accelerates ageing,” Sara says. “It has been linked to increased chronic inflammation throughout the body, it interferes with the regenerative quality of sleep and the continual activation of the fight-or-flight mode interferes with immune, digestive and reproductive health. All of which knocks the body off balance, leaves it more susceptible to disease and less efficient at counterbalancing ageing.”
Dr. Palmer Hussey says that there are practical measures which we can take to ease stress in our day to day lives:
“We can also try to reduce the sources of our stress, if possible, but as a completely stress-free life does not exist, it is important to develop techniques to counterbalance the negative effects of stress on the body,” Sara says.
“We should prioritise the goal of offsetting stress by keeping regular daily appointments with relaxation and fun, which could mean exercise, meditation, a warm bath, a 10-minute daydream over a warm drink, a good laugh with friends and family, a film, switching off phone/computer for a while or establishing a digital curfew.
“Whatever feels good to you, identify it and integrate more of it into your life to neutralise the effects of stress. Also, we can try to reevaluate our relationship with the stress response and see whether sometimes it is possible to harness the energy it activates and channel it into resolving or completing what needs doing, so that it is no longer a source of stress and we build confidence in our ability to cope and overcome stress in our lives.”
As well as taking practical measures such as digital detoxes, Sara explains that Lumity provides the body with the support it needs, especially when stress has undermined its resilience and balance.
“The two-step approach strengthens immune health, counteracts inflammation and boosts repair and defence against the ongoing damage that leads to ageing,” Sara says.
“In particular, Lumity restores the regenerative quality of sleep, which is often chronically disrupted by stress. Its night-time capsules support the body’s own natural release of growth hormone, which is responsible for repair and renewal and, therefore, counterbalances the damaging effects of stress to ensure healthy skin, strength and endurance, a strong immune system, healthy energy levels and improved mental clarity.”
Is your life more stressful than it used to be? If so, what are you doing to fight it? Let us know in the comments below.