So the story goes that if you throw a frog into a pot of boiling water, he will immediately jump out, saving his own life. But if you put him in room temperature water and then gradually turn up the heat, he will boil to death, not realizing he is in danger until it's too late. A morbid thought for sure and I don't think I'll test it to find out if it's true (my frog phobia might get in the way of that unnecessary experiment).
But whether it's true or not, it's a great reminder about how stress affects our bodies. An immediate stressor will put you into "fight or flight" to deal with the situation immediately and effectively or to get you the heck outta there! But those stressors that come on slowly and accumulate over time are wreaking havoc in all systems of your body and you may not even notice until it’s too late. Stress is not bad, but chronic stress is.
So listen to the messages your body sends you. And respond. Do whatever you can to lower your stress: pray, meditate, practice restorative yoga, play tennis, run, eat well, think positively, keep a gratitude journal, surround yourself with loving & happy people, etc. Don't wait. Please don't be the frog.
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