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Managing Stress in Autumn Season
Did you know, if you didn’t have a properly energized and functioning immune system, simply brushing your teeth would introduce enough harmful bacteria to kill you! Luckily, your immune system can usually handle a stunning variety of pathogens and microbes that could make you sick. However, once the battle between a pathogen and the immune response swings into high gear, the result determines whether the outcome is sickness or health.
A properly working immune system operates out of sight and out of mind. Your immune system works to protect you from infectious bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites that cause disease, suffering, and death.
The autumn months usher in a potentially dangerous time of year. It’s the start of cold and flu season, and a time when we can be more vulnerable to other infectious diseases. It’s particularly important at this time of year to keep up your body’s defenses to protect yourself from these threats to your good health. Why is this? The body’s natural bio- rhythm cycles into the ‘yin’ or inward yielding flow of energy at the autumn equinox. It happens to every living thing on the planet in the northern hemisphere autumn and winter. The opposite cycle kicks in during spring and summer.
In addition to keeping your immune system functioning, managing stress and getting a good night’s sleep can be key factors in strengthening your body’s defenses against seasonal illness. In a 2009 study, people who slept an average of less than seven hours per night were three times as likely to get sick as those who averaged eight hours or more. Stress has been linked to a number of health problems, including-among many other things- suppression of the immune system and susceptibility to infectious diseases.
Sleep-related problems affect 50 million to 70 million Americans of all ages. Whether it’s insomnia, sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, or even spending late nights on the computer or watching TV, one in five Americans sleeps less than six hours a night. Plenty of clinical reports have established that lack of sufficient sleep can have serious health consequences, contributing to chronic conditions like heart disease and diabetes, as well as increasing susceptibility to viral and bacterial infections.
We all face a multitude of stressful situations, from traffic jams to money woes, terrorist threats to worries about children, grandchildren or parents and grandparents. Stressors can exponentially increase during the holiday season. Many well-respected studies link repeated and prolonged stress to a number of physical ailments, including heart disease, stroke, depression, and lower respiratory conditions. Stress can also play a role in weakening the all-important immune system.
While you can’t avoid stress altogether, you can learn to manage stressful situations in healthy ways, enabling you to sidestep certain health problems and prevent some ailments from worsening.
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