I do totally believe in a mind body experience as where the body goes, so goes the mind or vice versa and how do we learn to deal with the whole process. Your emotional being can impact your body systems. If you car goes long enough out of balance it affects or aspects of you car and driving and so goes your body.
One study I recently read related patients with symptoms of depression with a late stage cancer and it associated it with an increased risk of death. (University of TEXAS, MD ANDERSON CENTER). Plosone- August
So what do you or can you do about dealing with stress and depression, how do I fight loneliness and disease and there are numerous tools out there? You need to find what works for you and in a healthy way. Drugs, Alcohol, and Smoking are not the answer. I would say that reading, writing, meditation, prayer, tai chi, guided imagery, and more are available and something to look into. Don't discount something like that till you have tried it. Often you will hear people complaining about being tired and the hardest thing to do is go out and exercise but if you put more back into the body you will get more out of it. You can't keep taking out and not refilling your tank and believe it or not, exercise will reduce stress, improve you cardiac status, mental health and energy level.
Another study from Carnegie Mellon University found that chronic stress (Driving on a flat tire) cause the body to loose the ability to regulate itslef and the stress hormone known as cortisol. A continuous production or over production of cortisol can do extensive damage on the body that may not be reversible and unfortunately the damage is done, we just can replace the tire.
This is an extremely difficult area to follow and research and much harder to control but there is no question that we all need to monitor ourselves and figure a better way to deal with what is happening in our lives on a daily basis so if a bigger issue arises, we will have the fortitude to persevere. All this leads to a healthier you and improved quality of life just by learning that we can manage stress in a better way and deal with what is happening here and now.
Do I do this right all the time? No, I can do better but the first step is realizing that there is a need and then approaching the ways of improving it. I wish the best and smiles along the way to make it a better day! S
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