Sin, Stress & Your Health – Part 3

In this session, we’ll be taking a last look at the topic of Stress and Your Health. This week I’ll help us look at the physiological or biomedical impact that poorly managed stress and early life trauma can have on us.  I encourage you to continue to use the Worksheet I provided you to capture what God reveals to you on this topic!

Please watch this video and follow along with the content below:


Possible Symptoms/Effects of Stress

  • Colds, infections                                                         ●   Anxiety disorders, Panic Attacks
  • Hypertension                                                              ●   Mood disorders, Depression
  • High cholesterol                                                         ●   Insomnia
  • Heart disease, stroke                                                 ●   Allergies, asthma, bronchitis
  • Chronic headaches, migraines                                ●   Overweight, obesity
  • Severe muscle tension – neck & back pain            ●   Some cancers
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia
  • Stomach ulcers, IBS, GERD, other GI problems
  • Auto-immune diseases, adult diabetes
  • Irregular menstrual cycles, reproductive dysfunction


As # of ACE Categories Increases, Risk for These Health Issues Increases

  • Alcoholism and alcohol abuse                                        ●   Depression
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)        ●   Fetal death
  • Health-related quality of life                                           ●   Illicit drug use
  • Ischemic heart disease (IHD)                                         ●   Liver disease
  • Risk for intimate partner violence                                 ●   Suicide attempts
  • Multiple sexual partners                                                  ●   Smoking
  • Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)                           ●   Obesity
  • Unintended pregnancies                                                  ●   Adolescent pregnancy
  • Early initiation of smoking
  • Early initiation of sexual activity



How God’s Design Becomes Messed Up in Response to the Stressors of Life

  • We often fail to fully apply God’s principles & truths
  • To cope with the hurt, pain & disappointments of life
    • We choose unhealthy beliefs, attitudes & lifestyles &
  • addictions.
    • We embrace or turn to ‘idols’
  • We incur Spiritual Risk Factors due to:
  •   Life events & trauma, abuse and relationship issues
    • Verbal, sexual, physical, emotional & abandonment
    • Loss
  • Our physiological responses to emotions