Because stress impacts your performance like nothing else Stress impacts your performance in your career and in your business. But it also affects your performance at home, caring for your family, whether your children can succeed or when you need to take care of someone like your old parent. Stress affects your health in a big way, how quickly you age and how you look.
Harvard Medical School, Stanford University and the Centers for Disease Control all agree, stress is responsible for up to 80% of all disease. Stress affects your health in a big way. Don't you think it is important that you learn more about stress? Unfortunately there are no classes in school to teach you. And unfortunately much of what is written about stress is only the half-truth.
Therefore, if you can learn to manage stress effectively you will do a better job at work, improve your business judgment and competitiveness. You will look better, be healthier and have more energy. This directly affects your family in the most positive way.
What Causes Stress? - Brain and Stress Mechanism
1. Stress is deeply related to brain structure To know about stress you need to understand your brain. Why? Because you don't have "a" brain. You really have three brains. They communicate with each other and work together. But they also function quite independently in many ways.
There is a new brain, the neocortex, which is your thinking brain. Below that is your mammalian brain, the limbic system, which is your emotional brain. And further down is your reptilian brain, the old brain, which runs your body automatically and makes your final survival decisions.
Why worry about such complexities? Because your awareness and thinking happen only in your neocortex. The other 2 brains are subconscious and outside of your awareness. Yet they powerfully influence everything you do in your life. They affect how you feel, what decisions you make, how healthy or sick your body is and how well your mind functions. In short, they determine to a large degree whether your life is fun and successful or sick and miserable.
2. How does the brain cause stress? Stress is caused in your emotional brain, the limbic system. That's pretty important. Why? Because your limbic system is subconscious. That means stress is generated without your control or knowledge. Stress will surreptitiously undermine your life, health and performance if you don't learn to manage it. Bad feelings? When you don't feel well, when unpleasant feelings start to bother you, then you can be pretty sure that some kind of stress is behind it. How this all happens is a little complicated. Here we want to explore together mainly how stress affects your life. But you can learn about the exact stress mechanism by reading free on the Amazon website: >> Go to Amazon and Click "Look Inside" to read Chapter 3
How does stress affect your life?
Stress most directly and immediately affects your performance in life, in your career and in your business. With a little more time it will affect your health and well-being. So why should you worry about stress? Let's look at the answer to this question in more detail.
Because stress impacts your performance, your business, your career!
"Hmm … I thought stress impacts health." Right you are. Stress does impact your health in a big way. However, that is more often a longer-term effect. We'll talk about that in a minute. Less known and less obvious is the immediate effect on your performance. You may not realize these effects are stress. Some are easy to notice, some are less obvious and some effects on your performance are hidden.
Why does stress impact your performance? Because stress switches your brain instantly to the ancient survival mode. This is how humanity survived 10,000, even 100,000 years ago perhaps facing a dangerous animal. Do you think this is effective in the modern world? Stress also affects your health in a way that sabotages your energy and effectiveness at work. >> Read more: How stress affects your performance
Because stress impacts your health and accelerates aging, and by the way how you look and how you feel!
Your doctor has told you that stress damages your health. Famous universities like Stanford and Harvard tell you that 80% or more of disease is related to stress.
Do you realize now how important it is to learn about stress?
Can you appreciate that managing stress needs to be a priority?
Unfortunately there are no classes in school teaching how to manage stress. Many of the traditional recommendations for stress management don't help a lot. They our only Band-Aids and may help a little for a short time. Yet stress creates problems quickly including stress headaches, muscle tension and back aches, digestive problems, low energy, and fatigue. A host of psychological issues are caused by stress from anxiety and worry to feeling worthless and depressed.
Stress slows or even prevents cells from regenerating and healing. Therefore stress and will accelerate aging. Long-term stress creates an environment for serious illness. Since stress prevents healing and cell regeneration it creates preconditions for diabetes, infections, circulatory and heart diseases, eating disorders, loss of memory and mental function, and degenerative diseases. >> Read more: Long-term health effects: dangerous PermaStress