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Andrea Bon-Wilson, LPC, CAC II, FAACVPR is a psychological and behavioral counselor with St. Anthony Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation and Wellness Center. She has the following to share about the role stress can play in your health.
"Stress is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, gastric disorders and immune diseases. The flight or fight response can cause blood pressure and cholesterol to go up, affects our immune system, causes emotional distress and affects our health behaviors. We crave comfort food, smoke (if we smoke), and drink more, and have a hard time finding time to exercise when we are stressed."
Become aware of stress symptoms:
Irritability, frustration, worries, anxiety, sleep problems,
tension, lethargy, negative thinking, isolation, etc. (This is easier
said than done. We tend to be aware of everyone else's symptoms).
Take care of yourself:
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