How to deal with toxic stress

BY Dr Cris Beer

It’s easy to write it off as just an unavoidable part of life, but stress is its own poison and the root cause of many of the illnesses we face.

Stress is toxic. So toxic that it poisons your body and mind to the point where you can be totally debilitated. Worst of all, the effects seem to creep up on you and leave you feeling worn out, depressed, anxious and overweight. In short, stress can kill you softly.

It’s been estimated that 60 to 80 per cent of all the reasons that people see a GP are due to stress-related conditions. These include fatigue, headaches, an inability to lose weight, mental health issues, insomnia, digestive issues, muscle tension, difficulties conceiving, recurrent infections, and even high blood pressure, heart disease and cancer.

Such health issues can take time to recover from, depending on how long you’ve been under stress and the type you’ve been experiencing. The worse types are repeated stress and chronic stress. So what exactly are these and how do you avoid them?

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