How Self-Destructive Are You?

Many people would quickly deny they are self-destructive.  Yet ask yourself one simple question: How many times have I done something that I knew was wrong for my health, my finances, and/or my spiritual well-being?  In any given day I am embarrassed to say that I am just as guilty as the next person of doing things that are detrimental to my health and spiritual well-being and considered self-destructive behaviors.  I worry and curse too much.  Stress in any form is a major risk factor in the development of numerous medical conditions and sadly, worrying does not change the outcome of anything.  After many years of practice I will be the first to agree and add that it’s better to say that worrying does not effect positive change but instead, it negatively impacts many areas of one’s life.

There are many medical conditions that can be attributed to stress and some of the most common include but are not limited to: headaches; gastro-intestinal problems (indigestion, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, reflux and abdominal pain to name a few); dermatological conditions; weight gain; heart attacks; and high blood pressure.  Insomnia may be the result of co-existing medical problems or it can result from stress.  The inability to get the proper amount of sleep/rest can be very detrimental to one’s health if insomnia becomes a chronic problem and this can lead to medical problems because our bodies are prevented from resting and recovering from our daily stresses. When you are in a state of fight or flight, your body produces stress hormones; constant and/or prolonged exposure to these stress hormones can have deleterious effects on our bodies.  The biggest culprits are adrenaline and cortisol which if left unchecked can wreak havoc in our bodies.   So stress less and live longer.



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