Each one of us instinctively knows that stress is bad for our health. We understand the way that it fatigues us, changes our mood, and disturbs our sleep patterns, but research is starting to show that it has much more serious implications. In fact, those who experience long periods of chronic stress tend to see a gradual deterioration in their physical health.
The infographic below is based on research studies completed over the last few years, and it shows the extraordinary effects that mental health can have on our physical wellbeing. If you are looking for an excuse to declutter, simplify, and de-stress your life, this is it!
The remarkable thing about stress is that it can have an impact on much more than your emotions. It can affect your memory, your digestion, your blood sugar, your digestion, the way that you age, your adrenal health, your sex drive, and even your skin!
This link between emotional stress and physical wellbeing has been a part of holistic medicine for centuries, but until fairly recently has been roundly ignored by conventional medicine. Happily, this is changing. As the research studies cited in the infographic show, there is now conclusive proof that these links truly exist. With further studies being conducted by institutions like the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine (part of Harvard Medical School), you can expect to see an increasing focus on mental health as a solution to physical ailments.
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