Stress occurs as a result of body reaction to adverse circumstances. Every human is prone to stress in life. Surprisingly stress is not always a bad thing; little stress keeps you motivated to meet your life goals. However, prolonged or unmanaged stress has detrimental effects on your body.

Scientifically, stress doesn’t cause health conditions, but it can worsen the symptoms of existing conditions. Here are several ways stress can manifest in your body.

Heart and Lungs

Unmanaged stress can expose your heart and lungs to risks. Adverse circumstances can increase your heart rate. Also, too much cortisol – a stress hormone, may make lung and heart conditions worse. These conditions include high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma, stroke, and heart rhythm abnormalities, among others. Stress can cause rapid breathing and shortness of breath. If you are experiencing tightness or pain in your chest, don’t hesitate to visit a doctor.

Stomach Problems

Digestion is enabled by the enteric nervous system, made of nerves interconnected with the central nervous system. When the flight or fight mode is activated, the digestive system is affected because the central nervous system blocks blood flow to the stomach. This causes the digestive muscles to contract.

Stress makes the stomach irritated, characterized by symptoms such as aches, diarrhea, cramping, and constipation.

Skin Problems

The appearance of your skin tells a lot about your overall well being. Stress triggers the release of a chemical that makes your skin more sensitive and reactive. Stress hormones can damage your skin by aggravating existing skin conditions such as eczema, acne, and psoriasis. You can prevent your skin from these problems by keeping your skin clean and avoiding using harsh cleansers.

Stress Affects Sleep

When you are frightened, it is daunting to calm your mind or stay asleep. Chronic insomnia is not normal. Chronic insomnia is the inability to catch sleep for more than three days a week and lasting for a couple of days. Lack of enough sleep can make you feel irritated, tired, and more stressed. When not treated on time, insomnia can result in other severe health issues such as anxiety, depression, and heart failure.

Stress Causes Headaches

Stress triggers the release of a hormone that changes the nature of blood vessels throughout the body. Changes in blood flow can cause migraines and tension headaches. If you have an existing problem with your teeth, it is imperative to visit a TMJ dentist because toothache is also a culprit of headaches.

Prolonged stress can make you sick or wear you down. Normalize exercise to keep your stress levels in check and feel your best physically.

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Emma Sturgis

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