Nervous energy is dangerous. Deal with it daily, or it will destroy your health – physically and mentally.
Morgan Leslie Siegel died at the age of 29. For six years, she grappled with the condition that started as low self-esteem and worsened into depression. During this period she stuck with a single therapeutic mode of prescribed antidepressant medications, even though the combination seemed to just make her worse. Finally, in desperation, she committed suicide.
Low self-esteem is a result of chronic stress. Actually, it is not only a result of but also a reaction to chronic stress. There is a mind-body link. Anxiety causes stress just as stress causes anxiety.
The worries, frustrations and demands of modern life are stressful. You can protect yourself by recognizing the signs and symptoms of stress and by taking steps to reduce its harmful effects. A clear effect of stress is nervous energy.
Nervous energy is not a form of energy that builds up like a compressed spring that needs to be released. Children that can’t wait to get out of class for recess are not full of “nervous energy.” They are just anxious to do something that is a lot more fun than what they’ve been doing. Playing is more fun and exciting than sitting in a classroom.
Nervous energy by definition is:
- an excess of energy that you have when you are apprehensive or worried (Webster).
- extra energy that courses through the body due to various stress hormones producing telltale nonverbal behaviors.
The Downward Spiral Caused by Nervous Energy
Nervous energy is energy caused by stress. To your body, “energy” means only one thing – glucose (blood sugar). Every cell in your body must have energy to survive. Each cell receives energy through the bloodstream.
It is the body’s job to protect you. When it gets the message you are in danger it responds by releasing a flood of hormones, which include adrenaline and cortisol. This danger can be any type of threat to your physical or emotional well-being. These stress hormones rouse the body for emergency action. This stress response is your body’s way of protecting you.
The downward spiral:
- Cortisol causes your blood sugar to increase, providing extra energy to be available for your muscles; then,
- When blood sugar (glucose) is increased in the bloodstream, the pancreas releases insulin into the bloodstream. This extra insulin in the bloodstream leads to insulin resistance; then,
- insulin resistance causes metabolic syndrome.
In other words, nervous energy causes a sugar high/sugar low cycle which leads to insulin resistance. Insulin resistance is directly linked to serious health problems such as cancer, heart disease, heart attack and stroke, immune suppression, type 2 diabetes, infertility, brain fog, dementia, chronic fatigue, and skin conditions,
In small doses, stress isn’t always bad; but, when you are constantly running in emergency mode, your mind and body pay the price. Ongoing worry and anxiety cause your body’s stress response to stay “on” most of the time.
How Can This Downward Health Spiral Be Stopped?
Exercise is one of the most recommended stress management techniques suggested by health professionals.
Health officials recommend at least 30 minutes of daily moderate physical activity (brisk walking or swimming). I suggest you start a walking regime today, and then “upgrade” your routine in the future. The most important aspect of a physical activity is to pick an activity you enjoy and make it a regular routine.
In 1999, Morgan Siegal’s parents were so inspired by the belief that Morgan’s tragedy could have been avoided if she had access to unbiased, reliable information that gave her a sense of hope and direction, that they launched the website “Helpguide.org.”
Helpguide.org has grown to an internationally recognized resource serving over 50 million people a year.
Because stress can be in any type of threat to your emotional well-being, if you are experiencing ongoing anxiety or depression, in addition to exercise, I recommend this resource: Helpguide.org stress management, click here. Helpguide.org relaxation techniques, click here.
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