Healthy Habit #35: Fighting the Long Term Effects of Anxiety. 

Millions of adults are affected by anxiety, it is a huge and often ignored problem that affects all areas of our health. The body's stress response is actually a natural mechanism to protect us and ensure we survive. When faced by danger, our bodies react in Fight or Flight mode which helps us either fight our way out of danger or run to safety. However, the hormones that control these intense mental and physical energy outputs are chronically in overdrive in Modern Society. One of these contributing hormones, Cortisol, when released too often, causes an array of physiological problems. Memory loss, skin reactions, digestive issues, insomnia and a weakened immune system are a few examples. Emotionally, the long term effects of stress force many people into unhealthy coping mechanisms such as substance abuse, overeating, alcohol and compulsive spending. See this info-graphic to find out more about how daily stress and anxiety can affect your health. And in the mean time, build some healthy moments in your day to reduce anxiety. Connect with nature, animals and strangers, take slow deep breaths, be more mindful, be more present and don't sweat the small stuff. Your health depends on it.