I knew that stress was not good for a person, but I honestly did not understand the relationship between stress and disease until my doctor talked to me in depth about it. I have a very stressful job, and I have a pretty stressful home life as well. It is something I had been dealing with for nearly my entire life, and I actually thought I was doing a good job of handling the stress that I seemed to be constantly be under. When my doctor told me that my lab works showed certain things were not in the right range, he explained in detail how stress can play a very crucial role in the numbers I was seeing.
I know that I run off a lot of nervous energy because of the different things that occur in my daily life, but I had no idea that staying in that state of anxiety, even a mild state, could be so detrimental to my health. My doctor gave me some information to read, and he told me that I really needed to find a way to shut the stress off as much as possible unless I wanted the numbers to keep going in the wrong direction.
He literally told me I had to put myself first, because stress would continue to affect different parts of me, including my heart. He explained how stress and cardiovascular disease are so closely related. If a person has a stressful day only now and again, then the body can handle that. If the stress reoccurs on a regular basis, then the body is going to start to react to it, and not in a positive way. He gave me a lot to think about, and all the research I did on my own about the relationship of disease and stress has backed up what he has said. It is time for me to make some permanent changes now.