How to Avoid Disease: De-Stress Your Life

During this time of our lives, we are concerned with avoiding disease and illness. This week, we have been talking about the secrets of avoiding disease. Today we are talking about decreasing the amount of stress in your life to allow your body to be able to properly fight disease and keep you healthy!

There are many areas of our lives that can affect your stress. Ultimately, all of the stress that you have in your life can affect your ability to fight or avoid disease, either chronic or acute disease (flu, coronavirus, etc.)

Having increased stress in your life alters your hormone levels and affects your ability to fight disease and recover, even from daily activities. Increased stress can come from a variety of areas including work, home, traffic and other interactions that occur frequently.

Knowing where your stress comes from and how you can manage it is a HUGE part of staying healthy in this area! There are so many stress management techniques that are in the world today! Choosing one that is right for you may help you to significantly improve your ability to stay healthy and disease free.

Some common practices include:

  • Prayer

  • Exercise

  • Meditation/Mindfulness

  • Sleep

  • Spending time with close friends and family

  • Journaling

  • Laughter

  • Learning/Improving Time management techniques (saying no when needed)

  • Walk or play with a pet

hese practices may feel like adding them will be difficult to do. We may say that we don't have time to do some of the things on this list. However, this time is generally much less than the time that it takes to be sick! So taking 5-10 minutes per day to allow yourself some time to pray or meditate or laugh at something will make you feel better and still take less time than being sick! A win-win!

Working to decrease your stress can allow your hormonal levels to become more balanced. Placing your stress hormones in check will allow your body to recover to a level that you can continue to fight illness at a higher and more sustainable level!

On a long term scale, this can allow you to avoid chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, some cancers, autoimmune diseases and even mental illnesses. This can be a huge change in your ability to function in your older age and continue to remain independent.

I have some great news for you! It is never too late to start! Making these changes can have a huge effect in how you feel almost immediately and continuing with some of these practices can move the needle in a positive direction for you long term!

Work to include some of these practices in your daily schedule! You will be glad you did!

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