Stress and Health:The effect of stress on your body and mind

Are you feeling stressed? Each and everyone faces stress from time to time in life. But, long term stress can build up and have an adverse effect on health.

Stress is a normal physical and psychological response to the demands of life. The overload of mental and physical pressure can turn into stress when one feels unable to cope with the situation and stress. Stress is a normal part of life. Stress affects us all. Stress is everywhere. Stress becomes harmful when people use alcohol, tobacco or drugs to try to relieve their stress. Unfortunately, instead of relieving the stress and returning the body to a relaxed state, these substances tend to keep the body in a stressed state and cause more problems.

A little stress is fine — some stress is beneficial — too much stress can lead to sick both mentally and physically.

Too much stress causes the body immunity system to decrease, so in the case of chronic stress it leads to high blood pressure, muscle aches and breathing becoming more rapid.

Long-term stress leads to suppressed immunity, digestive system and other illnesses in the body, increased ageing and a greater risk of heart attack and stroke.

Stress can lead to depression and anxiety also. Common causes of stress are the overload of work, major life changes, relationship difficulties and financial problems.

Stress is something that affects many people every day. Stress can be very harmful or helpful. stress can affect the mind, boxy and behaviour. These effects could cause the relationship with others can be affected by family members or anyone else who is significant in life. The effect of stress on the body is chest pain, fatigue, muscle ache, anxiety, depression, lack of motivation or focus on work. Since anyone at any age can be stressed there is no certain population that is affected the most.

The body changes in the following ways during stress conditions:

1) blood pressure and pulse rise

2)breathing increases

3) digestive system slow

4) immune activity decreases

5) muscle becomes more tense

6) sleepiness decreases due to a heightening State of alertness.

A persistently negative response to challenges can have an adverse effect on health and happiness.

Remember, most of your stress comes from the way you respond, not the way life is. Adjust your attitudes and all that extra stress is yours.

Stress can affect all aspects of life including emotions, behaviour, thinking ability and physical health.

Researchers have shown that people who perceive stress as having a negative effect on their health may be at higher risk of coronary heart disease than those who don’t.

Stress is a natural physical and emotional reaction to life experiences. when the stress response keeps firing day after day, it could put the health at high risk.

Chronic stress causes a variety of symptoms like– irritability, anxiety depression, headache insomnia. If anyone already has breathing problems like asthma or emphysema, stress can make it even harder to breathe.

No point in stressing over something, you can not change. Move on and grow stronger.

Stress can also affect the way good moves through the body leading to diarrhoea or constipation. People might also experience nausea, vomiting or stomach pain.

Stress affects all systems of the body including the musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, endocrine, gastrointestinal, CNS and reproductive systems.

Dr S.k.jha


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