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Stress Management: 10 Effects of Stress on the Body

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Effects of stress on the body is a natural physical and emotional response to bad and sometimes even good life experiences. Stress is usually triggered by everyday activities and responsibilities. Whether it is a short term irritation such as a traffic jam or a long term grief like the loss of a loved one, depending on the impact of the stress effects on your body in ways you can’t imagine.

Stress is very personal. Up to 80% of all doctor’s office visits are for stress-related ailments and problems & Forty percent of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress. Here are the top 20 effects of stress on the body:

  1. Cravings

Scientists have found that a hormone called cortisol is released when a person is under stress. This in turn makes the person crave a lot of sugar and fat. The best way to combat this is by stocking up on healthy snacks.

  1. Cardiovascular systems

When stressed, your heart starts to pump faster which in turn constricts the blood vessel thus increasing the blood pressure. Too much stress can even cause a stroke or heart attack. Following a heart healthy lifestyle can to a major extend reduce stress faced.

  1. Insomnia

While there might be so many reasons why insomnia prevails, long term exposure to stress can also cause insomnia and result in faulty sleep cycles. Continued exposure to a stressed lifestyle can lead to other sleep related problems as well. Best way to avoid the situation is to follow proper sleep hygiene. Practising yoga also helps.

  1. Respiratory systems

Stress can affect your breathing in a bad way. For those suffering from Asthma or any breathing related problem, stress can even be life threatening. Stress can cause rapid breathing or hyperventilation that can bring on a panic attack in someone who is prone to panic attacks. In such cases, working with a psychologist can help in getting assistance for breathing better.

  1. Headaches

Stress tends to make muscles tense which often leads to migraines and headaches. Apart from treating the headache, focus on headache-proofing your diet and lifestyle in general.

  1. Memory

When under extreme stress, the neurotransmitters are unable to function. This is why we often fail to think straight or act immediately when under pressure. While it’s tough to limit stress in our hectic lives, some experts recommend trying meditation, among other solutions.

  1. Hair

It’s about time people started taking out their work & personal anger on the tresses. Stress effects are known to trigger a condition called trichotillomania, which is a unique condition where people tend to pull their hair from the scalp.

  1. Digestive Systems

Under stress, the liver produces a lot of glucose in order to boost energy in the body. If the body continues to produce a lot of sugar due to constant stress, it might even result in the person developing type-2 diabetes. In most common cases, stress causes diarrhea.

  1. Skin

Stress can cause acne outbreaks and psoriasis. Many doctors have started to incorporate stress-management techniques such as meditation into their treatment programs for the skin disease.

  1. Body Pain

When stressed, the human body tends to produce hormones that increase muscle tension and pain sensitivity. Your jaws begin to feel tender and tight, you face acute pain in the back, you start to experience abdominal cramps & your neck starts to feel heavy. When stress takes over, immediately relive yourself with sleep, meditation and exercise.

If all these above mentioned  stress effects persist for a longer duration, make sure to consult a doctor. Severe stresses sometimes require to be treated by medicines. Also, this might be a result of medical conditions that are beyond stress. About 43% of adults suffer from adverse effects of stress, it time to take better care of self & be stress free.

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