I’m on my way to Colorado Springs from Las Vegas, NV and I have to admit I was surprised by how much the altitude has changed in the space of six weeks.
I’ve had the chance to hike the most elevation-boosting trails in the state, but I also’ve been climbing mountains and taking a lot of breaks to recover from my previous year.
And now I’m here at the top of the tallest mountain in the U.S. and it feels so much better.
But it’s not easy.
In a way, I’ve been surprised by the changes in my life.
I’ve spent a lot more time in my apartment.
My daily routine has changed.
And I’ve become much more aware of the many health issues that are caused by altitude.
It’s like when you’re out on the mountain, the sun is shining and you’re not worried about getting sick or even having an illness.
You just have to relax and be comfortable.
So I can relate to the anxiety and stress that come from not knowing where you are and not knowing how far you’re going, which is why I’ve made a conscious decision to travel with a companion.
For the past year, I have been working on a book that I’ll be publishing this fall.
It’s about my experiences on the Everest and Everest Base Camp, the two biggest mountain peaks in the world.
Since this book is about me, I wanted to share what I’ve learnt about my experience to other people.
It’ll be available for free at the end of October, but you can pre-order it by clicking here.
The main theme of this post is altitude and stress, so I’m going to explain how altitude and the stress I experience are related to each other.
The main topic of this blog post is: Why I don’t have an anxiety disorder.
If you’re new to altitude and have anxiety or depression, this article might be very helpful to you.
What Is Anxiety and Stress?
What is altitude?
Is altitude stressful?
And what is stress?
Why is it important to understand how altitude affects us?
I’m not sure I can answer all of the above questions without going into detail about each of the three stressors: Health and wellness.
Stress in my case is related to my sleep.
Sleep deprivation and lack of adequate sleep have been known to impact a person’s health.
In addition, people who sleep poorly are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression.
But sleep deprivation also impacts other areas of your life.
Sleep disorders can affect the quality of your sleep, your mood and your ability to concentrate.
Sleep issues are common for people with mental health conditions, so they can impact your quality of life.
What are the effects of altitude on your health?
If you’re having anxiety or stress related to altitude, it might help to understand what your stressor is, and what’s causing it.
Is altitude Stress?
What is altitude stress?
Before we start discussing altitude, I want to explain the difference between stress and anxiety.
Stress occurs when something you do causes you to feel anxious, and anxiety is the fear of a thing or an event happening.
Anxiety is also a physiological response to an uncomfortable event or experience.
Stress is a psychological response to something that triggers a physiological stress response.
When I experience stress, I feel a sense of fear, anger or helplessness, all of which contribute to the feelings of anxiety.
How is altitude different from stress?
It’s important to distinguish stress and altitude.
Stress occurs when your body reacts to something stressful.
Stress can occur in your body when your heart rate increases, you’re fatigued or you experience any stressor.
Stress happens when your immune system becomes weak, your blood sugar levels drop, your body starts to feel sick, your appetite changes, or your body feels overwhelmed.
The only way to avoid stress is to learn how to stop and take breaks.
How is elevation different from altitude?
Elevation is a stressor you experience while on the earth, usually on a mountaintop.
Elevation affects the way your body responds to stress and how you respond to that stress.
So when you climb a mountain or on a road, you are constantly exposed to the weather, your surroundings and the climate, all in a constant state of change.
When you travel, you will be exposed to a constant stream of weather, and that is stress.
You are constantly experiencing stress and changing the weather.
So when you experience stress from altitude, you have an elevated body temperature and your body will react to that.
The body reacts differently when you are on the summit of Mount Everest, where the altitude is around 7,500 feet.