Hey Sis! I hope you are manifesting things in your life that you have been striving towards, for years now. So if you’ve been hanging around all month, you’ll know that I have been focusing a lot on stress and how it affects you and different parts of your life, and today is no different. Stress is one of those things that if we don’t learn how to manage it properly, it will run rampant in our bodies. When your dealing with an infection like HIV/AIDS the last thing you need is something like stress overwhelming you and weakening your body’s defenses even further.
What does stress do to the body?
There is a myriad of ways that stress can affect your body. Some of the most common are:
- Problems Sleeping – This is a huge one. Problems sleeping can mean that you are not getting enough sleep. Without getting enough sleep, your body is weaker and therefore has a harder time fighting HIV/AIDS. The main reason for this is the longer you go without getting adequate sleep, the lower your T-cell count is. In one of my first articles I talked about how HIV/AIDS targets your t-cells, and that’s how the infection replicates in the body. The less t-cells you have the less of them there are to fight off the virus, and the sicker you can become.
- Exercising less often – Here is another effect of stress that hurts your fight with HIV/AIDS. In one of my recent articles on HIV I talked about fighting HIV and Depression with diet and exercise. Having high levels of stress in your body affects your motivation. The effects of stress on your motivation can cause you to choose to eat more unhealthy foods along with exercising less. Then, exercising less and not eating a healthy diet can cause reduced levels of the hormones that help you fight stress. This is a vicious cycle in itself and can have devastating results.
- Drug or alcohol Misuse – This is another one that can have devastating affects. Drug and alcohol abuse is one of the leading factors in new infections. Its normal to think that when your stressed out a glass of wine might help. However if this becomes habitual it can be dangerous. Abuse of drugs and/or alcohol can lead you to make decisions that you wouldn’t make without that type of influence. Sometimes these decisions are about engaging in reckless and unprotected sexual behavior. This reckless behavior can lead to HIV infections and even other major consequences if you knowingly infect others as well.
There are so many ways to manage stress, that there is bound to be a way for you to manage yours that is comfortable and engaging enough to add it to your life in an ongoing manner. Check out my last two posts on ways to manage your stress here and here. To learn more about HIV/AIDS You can also get more information from the U.S. National Library of Medicine here at their MedlinePlus website.
Live your best life sis, and do everything you can to manage your stress while doing it!