“Many people do not realize the toll stress can have on their lives. Caring for mind and body leads to a healthier, happier and more productive life.” Cynthia Wainscott

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Stress & Your Health

The truth is, it is nearly impossible to reduce or eliminate life’s stressors, nor is it desirable. Our clinic approaches stress from a broad health perspective, not only from its symptomatic expression. In today’s environment it is important to live with stress by using specific stress coping strategies.

Stressors that cause havoc with your life and health usually come from 3 sources:

  • Prolonged psychological stress
  • Unhealthy food choices
  • Environmental exposure to toxins

While we generally can weather occasional exposure to the above stressors, persistent exposure to one or multiple stressors compromises us in the following ways:

Initial effects of stress:

  • Intimate relationships with spouses and one’s children begin to suffer
  • Sleep disturbances increase, like early morning awakening, sleep disruptions and difficulties falling asleep
  • Anticipatory Anxiety increases
  • Eating problems, eating too much junk food, may occur
  • Stress hormones like cortisol are being up-regulated and begin to compromise immunity, which means more colds and minor infections

Moderate effects of stress:

  • Relationships at home further deteriorate
  • Frustration tolerance thins and there are more anger outbursts
  • Relationships at work begin to suffer
  • Hypertension, Weight gain and other health problems begin to surface
  • Physical and emotional pain
  • Depressed Mood, decrease in libido, loss of interest in most activities

Long-term effects of stress:

  • Increased risk of gene expression toward illness
  • Damage to the nervous, cardiovascular and immune systems.
  • Shortened lifespan of the cells’ DNA
  • Increase rate of aging, compromised quality of life

HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY Sacramento assists you in thriving in today’s stressful society by teaching you stress busting techniques that can be embedded into your life style. When your stress has compromised your health to the degree that illness has taken hold we will guide you to use remedial and therapeutic interventions and reset your lifestyle toward health. This does not take a lot of time, it takes your commitment and the support and expertise of clinicians understanding stress and human nature.