I am sure you have heard that stress is no good for your body.  Most people in this day and age know that stress causes all varieties of problems.

Stress impairs your immune system. The immune system protects your body from foreign substances.  Once stress impairs the immune system when foreign substances come into your body, which they do 24/7, it cannot fight off those foreign substances and you get sick.  However, when your immune system is functioning properly, those foreign substances still come in, but they don’t overtake your body.

Stress is damaging to your cardio-vascular system.  The cardio-vascular system is responsible for transporting nutrients all throughout your body and eliminating waste from your organs.  When this system is downgraded or impaired because of stress, your body is less nutrient-dense and you have toxins in your organs making it not function as well.

Finally, and this one you might not have heard of and it is a kicker.

Stress actually can make you dumb! Not as smart.  The stress you experience effects your neurons and neural connections.  Neurons transmit information from your brain and throughout your body.  Your information carriers, the carriers of knowledge are damaged by stress.  When they are damaged we become less intelligent, in our brains and in our bodies.  We become forgetful, and we ultimately succumb to disease.

What can you do to prevent this from happening?  First, notice your thoughts, and, next, control your emotions.  Uncontrolled, our emotions cause worry and stress get the best of us and run the show.  A sure sign that you are not controlling your emotions is when you find yourself in negative self-talk.  Negative self-talk; those negative comments in your brain, to yourself, about yourself, about the world, and about life.  Negative self-talk:  “I am no good.” “I am a loser.” “I’m never going to get this right.” “I can’t seem to win.”… on, and on, and on.  That kind of talk shows you are not in charge. To become in charge notice when that is happening and see it for what it is, just a chatterbox in your ear.  If you let the chatterbox win, it will dumb you down.

Self Aware

None of us need to become more dumb!  I do everything I can to keep my brain active.  We need more intelligence in this world.  The next time you feel stress, think about the fact that you are actually dumbing yourself down by allowing that stress to take hold of you.

Heather Hans, LCSW, MSW, MBA, CPIC, is a Visionary, Healer & Teacher, and the author of The Heart of Self-Love: How to Radiate with ConfidenceIt is Heather's firm belief that loving oneself is necessary to have fulfilling relationships and a successful life.