How Stress affects your health

By | December 22, 2009


Everyone experiences stress like getting lost while driving, forgetting the car keys on the etc. These are and often leave us worried and anxious .These are healthy, as they teach us something and we become cautious. But at times events like breaking up with you girl friend/boy friend, divorce, life-threatening accidents and diseases can cause you a long term stress and these could affect your health adversely. This can cause depression. Depression and nervous breakdown are likely when someone is working in and extremely stressful condition.

When you experience stress, there is a dramatic change in your mind and body. Stress affects us physically, mentally and emotionally, and 90% of all health problems arise out of stresses.

Stresses can bring about changes in your body which may make you feel ill. Most common problems associated with stresses are

  • Difficulty to conceive (infertility amongst women)
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Headaches
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Nervous breakdown
  • Cardiovascular diseases
  • Stroke
  • Weakness or lack of energy
  • Irritation
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Erratic eating habits; eating too much or eating nothing at all
  • Feeling sad and deprived
  • Losing temper very easily
  • Asthma
  • Tension
  • Stomach cramps
  • Anxiety
  • Weight gain (Obesity)
  • Weight loss
  • Heart problems
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Pain at joints
  • Less sex drive
  • Hair loss
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Tooth aches
  • Gum diseases
  • Ulcers
  • PMS (premenstrual syndrome)
  • Migraine
  • Auto-Immune diseases
    • Eczema
    • Psoriasis
    • Ulcerative Colitis
    • Oral and genital herpes
    • Crohn’s disease (also known as granulomatous colitis and regional enteritis)
  • Possibility of cancer

Some facts about stress and concerns about health

Death due to emotional stress is more likely from cancer or cardiovascular diseases rather than smoking and drinking. A study has revealed that people who managed stress ineffectively had 40% higher death rate than people who were not stressed out

People who experienced heart attacks and got angry during emotional arguments doubled the risk of subsequent attacks.

When stresses are handled positively, they are beneficial to us and help us keep alert and be active, energetic. Too much stress turns into distress, and when we handle them negatively, it affects every part of life. Negative handling of stress affects you physically, mentally and emotionally. To make matters worse, we may break relations and deteriorate our status in the society. Negative handling of stress leads us to depression, and to get over this depression people get attracted to seek help of alcohol, tobacco and drugs. Initially these things make us feel that we are not stressed, and give a sense of relieving stresses. The body remains stressed, and the substance abuse make us addicted to them which help in making matters worse. A stressed out person is be given care and attention as soon as possible with emotional support as well. Stress kills silently and can become fatal over a period of time, hamper one’s happy and healthy life.

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