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Stress has costs. You ignore the costs, you put your health at risk.
Here are some of these costs (“consequences”):
PHYSICAL COSTS - tiredness and exhaustion; high blood pressure that leads to heart attack; increased vulnerability to illness; compromised immune system; a link between cancer and stress
PSYCHOLOGICAL COSTS - sleep difficulties or insomnia; anxiety; depression; impaired perception; sexual difficulties
SOCIAL COSTS - relationship breakdowns; weakened social attachments; lower job productivity; loss of self confidence
I’m reminded of a client, Melissa. Her heart was always pounding during work.
One time, she went to the hospital to find out if she’s having a cardiovascular disease.
The doctor read her tests and gave her a clean bill of physical health.
Never just accept it’s “physical.” Don’t ignore the deeper roots, which are often non-physical.
Look for stress-related triggers that you’re not able to manage enough in your life - psychologically, emotionally, and spiritually.
Do not ignore stress in your daily living. Face and cope with them in healthy ways.
Otherwise, the costs include physical, psychological, and social consequences that can all be life-damaging.