7 Ways that Stress Impacts Your Body

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We all face stress on a daily basis. When stress is mild and infrequent, it can actually be helpful. Sometimes a bit of stress motivates us to get things done! But when stress is frequent and severe, it can harm your health.

Tensed businesswoman with head in hands looking at computer at office deskStress affects your body in a myriad of ways, because it changes your heart rate, breathing patterns, and even your hormones. Unfortunately, the fact that many of us are living with chronic stress means that our bodies remain in this changed state for long periods of time. Over time, stress can impact our bodies in the following seven ways.

Immune system. In the short term, the hormones released by stress can help you heal from wounds or fight off infection by stimulating the immune system. But when your immune system remains over-stimulated for a long period of time, it is weakened. You become more susceptible to a variety of illness, and it takes longer to heal from injuries.

Reproductive health. In women, stress can affect the menstrual cycle. Women who experience chronic stress may notice an absence of periods, or heavier and more frequent ones. In men, the hormone changes from stress can lead to erectile dysfunction and impotence.

Muscles. During short-term stress, muscles tighten to protect you from injury. But when that state of stress is prolonged, the muscles never get a chance to relax. This can lead to body aches, headaches, back problems, and more.

Digestive system. Stress causes you to produce a surge of glucose, which can be helpful in survival situations. But once again, the effects of long-term stress can be disastrous. Your body may not be able to manage your increased glucose levels, and you could be at risk of developing diabetes. Stress can also aggravate heartburn, acid reflux, and ulcers of the stomach.

Respiratory system. When you’re under stress, your breathing pattern changes. People with asthma or emphysema often report that their symptoms are worse when they are under stress.

Circulatory system. Stress causes your blood vessels to constrict, and your blood pressure to rise. In some situations, increased oxygen levels can be a good thing. But when this stress reaction occurs frequently, it can weaken your heart and raise your risk of hypertension, stroke, and heart attack.

Nervous system. Under stress, your brain tells your body to produce cortisol and adrenaline. Ideally, once the stressful situation is resolved your body goes back to normal. But people under chronic stress don’t get a break from this constant flux of hormones. They experience irritability, mood swings, depression, insomnia, and headaches.

Remember, stress comes in many forms –  from poor nutrition to financial stress to environmental toxins such as electropolution.  Since the effects of long-term stress can severely damage your body in a multitude of ways, stress should be considered a serious health risk. Take measures to reduce your stress now, so that you can avoid serious health problems down the road.

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