Health Ministry News for June 12 2022

  • Health Ministry – Bev Wilkerson 660-473-2033
  • Bereavement Ministry – Ann Dove 660-527-3794
  • Take Them a Meal – Marge Wehman 724-448-4482
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry – Rectory at 827-2311

Protect your health by managing stress

Stress may start as something harmless Stress is a part of life and affects everyone. Short-term hassles and stressful situations, such as being stuck in traffic or dealing with a leaky pipe, can be harmless. Stress can even help you focus your energy and effort toward performing your best or overcoming a challenge. For example, when you have to:

  Act quickly in an emergency.                               Meet a deadline.

Solve a problem.                                                      Avoid an accident.

 If you start to experience too many of these situations at the same time, however, it can lead to unhealthy stress.

Long-term stress can damage your health Stress that builds up or lasts too long takes a toll on your health and well-being. Constant worry affects your job, relationships, and enjoyment of life. Long-term stress can weaken your immune system and make you feel tired and short-tempered. Studies show a link between stress and health problems, including:

 Heart disease: Chronic stress can worsen high blood pressure and high cholesterol, which can lead to heart disease and stroke. Stress can trigger spasms that block blood flow to the heart, resulting in chest pain and possibly heart attack.

 Digestive problems: When you’re stressed, your body produces more stomach acid. This worsens stomach ulcer symptoms and makes it harder for ulcers to heal.

  Asthma: For people with asthma, stress often triggers an attack

Anxiety or depression: Stress can worsen feelings of anxiety or depression. }

 Obesity: When stressed, many people tend to overeat, which leads to weight gain.

 Memory problems: Memory problems and forgetfulness can be signs of too much stress. } Skin problems: Stress can make the skin more sensitive, which could worsen psoriasis and other skin conditions