According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, 60-80% of all doctor visits are due to stress-related illnesses.
Yet when someone goes to the doctor with stress related symptoms, they are often given a prescription that treats the specific symptom and not the underlying stressor. This provides the patient with relief, but if you don’t treat the underlying cause it only leads to worsening of the underlying condition and symptoms manifesting in another way.
Unfortunately, medical doctors have limited knowledge on stress-related illnesses and the ones that do don’t take the time to treat them. Most are also under intense pressure to treat their patients in the least amount of time possible, and that usually means the prescription pad. So it’s up to you to be your own patient advocate and say, no, that’s not good enough. It’s also up to you to make necessary changes in your life that reduce the amount of stress you are under.
Here is a list of symptoms that are, more times than not, stress related:
- Acne and Rosacea
- Anxiety and Depression
- Brain Fog
- Unexplained Weight Gain or Weight Loss
- Fatigue and Lethargy
- High Blood Pressure or Cholesterol
- Indigestion, Bloating, or Acid Reflux
- Inflammation or Pain
- Low Sex Drive
- PMS or Irregular Cycles
- Poor Blood Sugar Regulation or Diabetes
If you are suffering from one or more of these stress related health problems, it could be your body’s way of telling you it needs a break. I personally suffered from over a dozen of these before I developed any autoimmune diseases, and was able to reverse most of them just by reducing the stress in my life. It’s never too late to start.
Here are some great ways to reduce stress:
- Eat an organic, whole foods diet – Try to include a variety of colors in every meal
- Meditate for 10 minutes every day – Just a few minutes can make a huge impact on your life
- Start writing in a gratitude journal – Focusing on what you’re thankful for is a great way to relax
- Exercise regularly – Find something that you love to do and try to do it for 20-30 minutes every day. This can be yoga, gardening or a nightly walk in the park
- Laugh – Meet up with friends, watch a funny movie or read a hilarious book
Need some help reducing the stress in your life?