While small bouts of stress can be helpful and even motivating when under pressure. Long term or chronic stress can have major effects on your thoughts and feelings. But it also has a huge effect on the body. Stress can contribute to and even worsen many health issues. These can take a seriously negative strain on the body and can even be life threatening. Here are a few of the worst ways stress can affect your body:
Stress can be very damaging when it comes to heart health. Stress increases the risk of high blood pressure and heart problems in general. When you’re stressed your heart rate and blood pressure will immediately rise. Not to mention that stress often drives us to do things like smoking, drinking and over eating. These are huge contributions to poor or deteriorating heart health. Getting sudden stressful traumatic or shocking news can cause cardiac arrest. Chronic stress overwork ones heart because of prolonged increased heart rate. The heart, when working too long and hard, can cause more problems. These include an increased risk of hypertension and problems with blood vessels.
Both stress and tension are extremely common causes of headaches. These headaches are called tension headaches. However, these are not the only kind of headaches that stress can cause. Stress can cause migraines. These often occur on one side of the head. They’re often described as being pulsating headaches and can be intensified by physical activity of any kind. These headaches are intense to say the least. They can disrupt vision and cause sensitivity to light and sound. These headaches are often so bad they can cause severe nausea and induce vomiting. They can last anywhere from hours to days and can be very debilitating.
Anxiety and depression
It goes without saying that stress and anxiety go hand in hand. If you are stressed and worried about something it can cause you to become very anxious. The more you stress about some hung the more anxious you’ll become while considering the outcome. Stress can go as far as to cause panic attacks. Depression is also deeply affected by stress. People who are stressed on heir jobs have an 80% chance of developing depression within a few years. Stress can also feed depression. When a person is depressed normal stresses can have a huge effect on their depression. They can begin to feel like they are drowning in their stresses. Feeling more and more helpless and with that more stressed and then more depressed. It’s a terribly vicious cycle.
Stress can worsen existing ulcers but I also creates a while new host of gastrointestinal problems. Stress can bring on heartburn and acid reflux. It can also agitate IBS and cause horrible discomfort and bloating. Stress can create an uncomfortable churning sensation or pit in the stomach. One may even begin to feel sick or even be in to suffer from an upset stomach. Constipation is also another side effect of stress. Chronic stress can cause chronic constipation which has a whole bunch of its own problems that come with it. Stress can in fact, affect the entire digestive system.
Stress can have a profound effect on the human reproductive system. It has not only been known to diminish sex drive but it can have some harsh effects on both men and women. Stress can cause infertility in both genders, which isn’t something to be taken lightly. Long periods of high stress levels can be catastrophic to the reproductive system but it can return to normal once stress levels are reduced and more stable.
In females, high stress levels can alter their menstrual cycle. Cycles can become irregular and more painful. In some cases it can even stop the menstrual cycle completely. This is because a stressful body is not fit for carrying a baby. Stress can also have a huge affect on symptoms of menopause.
In males, testosterone levels can drop. This in turn lessens the production of sperm. Stress can also cause impotence and even erectile dysfunction. Stress also increases the likely hood of infections in the prostrate, urethra and testes. Which can be irritating and painful.
Stress can affect us in ways we don’t realise, from your sleeping patterns to muscular pains. People with cardiac problems, diabetes or a history of depression should always strive to keep their stress levels as low as possible. But at the end of the day, everybody should. Looking after your body should be of primary concern and managing stress is a big part of that. Stress will consume your entire life if you let it get out of control. This is why it is important that everybody at some point sets aside dome time to relax.