Stress and Your Health

It is no secret that there are many sad hearts in Montauk these days as we have lost 3 great pillars of our community.  My heartfelt condolences go out to the friends and family who are all mourning there loss.

“Never blame anyone in your life. Good people give you happiness. Bad people give you experience. Worst people give you a lesson and the best people give you memories.”  Quote from Power of Positivity. To Craig Tuthill, Betsy White, and Janis Hewitt thank you for all the memories

With loss can come Stress and depression which are harmful to your body both physically and mentally. Beginning an exercise program is one way to help your body counteract the harmful side effects of stress. Sudden loss, unexplainable loss can trigger stress which makes no sense but can have a harmful effect on your body that can change a life.

Stress and depression are nasty and hit all of us at one time or another. You know what to do to lose the weight and to tone up again. Take it one day at a time and don’t over-do by setting goals that are unattainable. Each day should get easier especially if you have a personal trainer, physical therapist, life coach, nutritionist, work out buddy, or spouse that can act as your cheerleader along the way.  The likelihood of sticking to a wellness program beyond a six week period increased by 80% if your are held accountable by some form of a partner. Why not let your local physical therapist be your partner to a healthy life?

On a cellular level stress causes blood to become stickier, possibly in preparation of potential injury, increasing the likelihood of an artery-clogging blood clot. This situation could drastically alter your quality of life. A general wellness program created for you by a license trained health professional would reduce this negative effect of stress.

Stress may also signal the body to release fat into the bloodstream, raising blood-cholesterol levels, at least temporarily.   This will present itself in your body with feelings that are similar to that of depression. Low energy levels, shortness of breath, weakness in extremities, unexplained weight gain despite loss of appetite.

In women, stress can present its effects on the body in other ways different than men.  Chronic stress may reduce estrogen levels, which are important for cardiac health.  The number one killer for women is cardiac disease  and it is often referred to as the silent killer because the symptoms can mask themselves. And women can tend to overlook the initial warning signs. If you want to keep your heart health and lower your risk of cardiac compromise due to stress you need to be physically active. Stay moving, get moving, or keep moving. Again this is where a health professional such as a personal trainer or physical therapist can come in handy. We are here for you. Use us. Let the professionals help track your cardiac health, monitor your fitness, and prolong your life. After all there are some souls who did not have that option as there life was taken to soon, without warning, and for what seems like no reason.

Stay safe.

As always yours in healing,

Dr. Rachel Lys DPT