Cholesterol and stress are joined at the hips. Chronic stress causes a rise in cholesterol unless you make lifestyle changes to control your stress.
So. if you have high levels of stress and high cholesterol, you need to learn how to handle your stress better. Adopting a healthier lifestyle will cut down on your stress levels, and it will also help you feel better physically. You’ll feel more relaxed and have more fun!
Stress and Cholesterol are Powerful Partners
Several studies, including a study of medical students around exam time, and another of accountants during tax season, have shown the connection between stress and cholesterol. During stressful events (exams, tax season), the cholesterol of the participants rose significantly. It is important to note that there was little change in their diets.
The studies found that stress raises total cholesterol and LDL levels, in particular.
And there are other factors to consider:
- Fight or Flight – While we are not cave men anymore, our bodies react to a stressful situation in the same way as they did thousands of years ago. They get us ready to fight or run. Your heart speeds up, your blood pressure rises, and you have sweaty palms. You become ready for action! But, because the threat is usually not physical, you don’t actually fight someone or run away.
- Stress, Hormones, and Fat – When you have a Fight or Flight response to stress (whether because of an argument with your spouse or pressure from your boss at work), your body produces two hormones. Those hormones are adrenaline and cortisol. Adrenaline and cortisol give you a release of energy, speed up your heart and increase the flow of blood to your brain.In other words, they get you ready for action. But the downside of having too much of these chemicals in your system, is that they both produce cholesterol. As you may know, some cholesterol is necessary for your body to function. But too much can cause you to be more prone to heart disease or stroke.
- Personality – Are you a Type A, intense person? If so, you are at greater risk than others who are more relaxed. Type A people tend to work hard, play hard and they can be intense and emotional. They also tend to push themselves, causing stress in their lives.
- Life Events – When you have a major emotional crisis in your life, such as going through a divorce or losing your spouse, you need to handle the emotional stress, get through it, and move on with your life. Holding on to negative emotions can also make your cholesterol rise!
- Anger and Hostility – Numerous studies have shown a correlation between angry people and high cholesterol. On the contrary, learning to manage your anger and learning good coping skills–lowers cholesterol levels.
People who had the LOWEST cholesterol levels in the research studies–had the BEST coping skills.
Get Control of Cholesterol and Stress
What does that mean for you? It simply means that, while cholesterol and stress are relational, you can help to keep your cholesterol at healthy levels–by learning to cope with stress and anxiety.
Even if you have a family history of heart disease, you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure and you have a lot of stress in your life!
Learn how to cope with stress and anxiety –and you can handle huge amounts of stress, with no negative consequences! Using hypnosis is a natural way to lower your cholesterol. And, if you get your cholesterol under control, you may be able to get rid of the medications, with all their side effects!