"Chronic Stress"

In the demanding physical and social environment of today, there is constant activation of multiple body systems creating “chronic stress”. Large amount of adult population suffers from conditions that fall under the umbrella diagnosis "metabolic syndrome". Its interrelated maladies - abdominal obesity, high cholesterol, high BP, high triglycerides and insulin resistance are handcuffed to the body's metabolism. These components travel together, feed off each other's destructive habits and generally wreak havoc on the body- Its ‘LIFE ON SIMMER’.

Physical consequences:

1. Musculoskeletal Disorders :

These are conditions that affect body’s muscles, bones, joints, supporting structures such as discs in the vertebral column, tendons, ligaments, nerves.

2. Gastrointestinal:

ulcers, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, diarrhea, and constipation.

3. Immune :

more frequent colds & flu, slower wound healing, greater vulnerability to serious infections.

4. Cardiovascular :

hardening of arteries, heart attacks.

5. Endocrine :

type II diabetes, premenstrual syndrome, erectile dysfunction, lowered libido.

Mental Consequences:

1. Anxiety:

It makes you more reactive to apparent threats, increasingly shading implicit memory with fear. It fosters other negative emotions such as anger, sorrow, guilt, shame, resentment. It highlights past losses & failures, downplays present abilities, exaggerates future obstacles.

2. Depressed mood:

may cause you to feel apathetic, have poor concentration, loss of enjoyment of activity once found pleasurable, more vulnerability to blue mood and less alert interest in the world.