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Stress and Long Life

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Charlene Lam

on 16 January 2013

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By Charlene Lam Does a Stressful Life Lead To a Shorter Life? Chronic Stress Can Lead to... Childhood Stress Benefits of Stress Conclusion Stress damages the DNA, over time chronic stress can shorten the telomeres. Telomeres are protective edges on the DNA that help bind the DNA together. Damage to the DNA can lead to potential mutations of healthy cells and genes, causing a higher increase of potential cancer, mental illness, disease and general poor health. Verbal abuse, physical abuse, parent's divorce, isolation, neglect, or even bullying at school can disrupt the brain development in a child. This can fluctuate the functioning of the nervous and immune system, causing a child to develop an early mental illness or an addiction. Also, early exposure to stress shows a higher rate of developing alcoholism, depression, eating disorders, heart disease, and certain types of cancer. Too much stress can cause severe health problems physically and mentally. However, only a small amount of stress can potentially be good for you. Small amounts of stress can improve productivity and can cause a person to feel more pumped up to do a task. It is said that the blood vessels dilate, allowing more blood to flow into the brain, muscles, and limbs. This can essentially prepare an individual for an exam, tournament or game and thus allowing them to exceed to their full potential. Laughing can improve mental clarity, focus and concentration. In conclusion, laughing is an excellent method in controlling one's stress and can possibly help prevent mental illness and health problems. So laugh as much as you can :) Everyone will experience stress in their lifetime, but having chronic stress can lead to some serious health problems. Learning to relax your body and mind will help you in the long run. So, don't worry, be happy :) Study shows that leaving chronic stress untreated can take four to eight years off a person's life. The stress alone is not the cause of death, but it does lead to other health problems that will shorten a person's life span. Some examples are heart attacks and strokes. Also having a stressful job can lead to suicide. The stress ties a lot into Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs. When the needs are not met, they cannot advance onto the next level. Because of this, children and even adults can develop chronic stress. Laughing It has been said that having a good laugh or chuckle adds several minutes to your life. Like stress, laughing is not the only factor that contributes to a longer life, but there are some great benefits to laughing. Laughing acts as a pain killer, which is why some people feel physically better. It can lower blood pressure and can improve your overall health to prevent problems when you become older. Laughing also helps help the brain and muscles relax, it assists in preventing mental illness from triggering by keeping the stress level down. my favourite The End Tips to Reduce Stress 1. Accept that there are things in life that we can not control. 2. Keep a positive attitude, rather than looking at the negative side. 3. Budget your time. If there is a big project due then plan how long you will work on it each day.
4. Exercise and eat healthy foods.
5. Get enough sleep, take occasional naps.
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