· Stress can affect so many different parts of our bodies, from our muscles and tissues to our blood vessels and organs
· It speeds up heart rate and respiration, affects our sleep
· Stress raises blood pressure and body temperature
· It can interfere with metabolism, appetite and digestion
· It can shut down a woman's menstrual cycle, perhaps triggering early menopause
· Stress can decrease a man's production of testosterone, impairing his fertility
· New research suggests that high levels of stress during pregnancy can actually make a woman's children more sensitive to stress
· Stress weakens our immune system
· It can increase depression
· Stress affects sexuality and fertility
· It impairs our memory by shrinking a crucial part of our brain, perhaps permanently
· If allowed to progress unchecked, stress can contribute to such life-threatening conditions as multiple sclerosis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer, diabetes, and heart disease
· If the body doesn't have a chance to recuperate, the effects of stress compound, with a longer-lasting and more harmful effect on our health."
· In fact, chronic stress, defined as ongoing worries that continue over several months or longer, may shorten life expectancy by 15 to 20 years, according to researchers at the National Institutes of Health.
· Stress can kill
Stress is all around us. What are some simple things that we can do to cope with the stressors in our lives?

One session of aerobic exercise exerts a healthy, dilating effect on blood vessels, which maximizes circulation for up to 24 hours by stimulating the release of nitric oxide from the smooth muscle in the blood vessel walls. Talk about cardiovascular protection!

Get plenty of restful sleep. Sleep deprivation results in high cortisol levels.

The Laughing Cure:Research has shown that laughing has many health benefits, which includes strengthening the immune system, reducing food cravings, increasing one's threshold for pain. There actually is an emerging therapeutic field - humor therapy has been shown to help people heal more quickly.

So, how you look at a situation determines if you will respond to it as threatening or challenging.

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For some people suffering with symptoms of PTSD, chronic stress, abuse, trauma, illness or accidents, the emotions of anger and fear are held in our bodies in our emotional brain...energetic trauma release techniques can help to release those "emotional triggers" and re pattern the brain with peace and calm. Sue offers classes to help dealing with these symptoms, getting to the root cause.

Author's Bio: 

Sue has a BS in Business Administration/Management. She became involved with Healing Touch in 1998 and received her certification as a Healing Touch practitioner in 2002. She is also a Certified Integrated Energy Therapy® Practitioner, a Reiki® Practitioner, and a Quantum Touch® Practitioner. In addition, Sue has developed energy-based therapies for trauma release work for people suffering with PTSD or for anyone who has had a traumatic experience in their lives.

When working with Volunteers of America, Sue was able to provide sessions for disaster relief workers and soldiers in the National Guard while they were dealing with the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in Louisiana.

She has been a guest speaker for numerous organizations, as well as a presenter at state conferences. Sue writes articles on energy work for alternative and complementary newsletters and online publications. She has developed material and has been a trainer for education classes for childcare education, stress management seminars and subtle body energy workshops.

Sue is credited with integrating energy-based therapies into local hospital operating and recovery rooms. She also provides these therapies to newborn babies. These milestones have been pioneering accomplishments in integrating energy medicine into mainstream medical facilities. She works with cancer survivors using energy based therapies. Working in these settings has allowed Sue to gain experience in dealing with a variety of health challenges.

Sue teaches energy healing classes at a local career college and has helped conduct workshops with local hospitals and hospice for caregivers. She is in private practice in Lafayette, Louisiana. She is available for remote (distant) healing sessions and for life coaching.