While stress is normal and the body is equipped to be able to handle it, people often do not realize the impact that prolonged stress can have on their body. Chronic stress could be attributed to a number of factors such as a sick family member, financial trouble, work problems, moving to a new city, negative life events and much more.
In dangerous situations, stress can actually be a good thing. More oxygen is released to your brain, your pulse quickens and you breathe faster allowing you to act quick to try and survive. However, prolonged stress with no break can prove to be detrimental to your health. According to the American Institute of Stress, 75 - 90 percent of visits to primary care physicians are for stress related problems.
Chronic stress can cause:
Stress can also lead to mood swings, overeating or not eating enough, premature aging, alcohol abuse and insomnia. The negative effects that stress has on your body usually builds up over time and goes unnoticed for a long period of time. That is why it is important to be aware when you're stressing and do something about it.
Do not underestimate how much your physical health is affected by what's going on mentally. When we feel stressed, even our immune system is compromised making us more susceptible to colds.
What Should I Do When I Feel Stressed?
Check out this blog post for more tips on how to manage your stress levels.
Tell us, what do you do when you feel overwhelmed and stressed out?
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