How does Stress affect your Life?

November 25, 2013

Have you ever found yourself worrying about whether the air-conditioner switch was on or off?  Or checking your phone in every ten-fifteen minutes for any message or call? Or getting irritated on any issue without any reason?

 

If yes, then you are suffering with stress.

Nowadays, stress is very common as demands, deadlines and frustrations become a part of daily life.

 

Stress can be due to anything; it can be a result of short-term frustration or can be a consequence of long-run stressful events in life. Whatever the reason is, it actually affects the body and mind in many ways. For some, the symptoms are more physical like a headache, backache, feeling tired, trouble sleeping, etc., and for others it’s emotional, like depression, anger, irritation, forgetfulness, etc.

 

To deal with this short or long term stress your body releases cortisol, a chemical that helps your body stay alert and attentive in times of stress. If we produce too much cortisol for too long it can start to affect every system of the body.

Long term chronic stress that is poorly managed can have serious health consequences. Some of these include cardiovascular health, digestive health, fatigue, and hormonal imbalances. Here are some of the most common problems that you may experience if you find your stress levels are higher than usual.

 

Memory Loss

Too much of stress can damage the brain’s nervous system, which controls your body’s overall functioning. The chemicals in your brain can be effected by stress and make it difficult to focus, concentrate remember things and stay focused.

Weight Gain

Cravings are the result of high cortisol levels. Your body will tend to crave sugar and foods high in fat. It also affects your hunger response, so you tend to eat way more of the wrong foods; because of this weight gain that is difficult to lose is very common in really stressed people.

Headaches or migraine

Muscle tension and tightness is something many of us can relate to when we feel stressed. This is often one of the early signs that we notice when stressed. If left unchecked it can result in muscle aches and pains, headaches, painful periods and debilitating migraines.

 

Poor Sleep

Poor sleep is another very common symptom of stress, tossing and turning, lying awake for long periods of time, can greatly impact on your quality of life. Ensuring good quality sleep can also help you manage your stress more effectively.

Blood pressure and heart attacks

 

Stress can definitely have long term effects on heart health. Elevated blood pressure can be directly linked to how much stress a person is under. Poor Cardiovascular health is a major health problem so managing your stress and blood pressure is one factor in preventing heart disease.

 

We can’t always remove the stress that we have in our lives, but there are many ways that you can help manage this stress, finding the combination that works for you and implementing them daily, will help manage the many symptoms and potential health risks associated with stress.

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