Every one of us feels stress at one point or other in our lives. This can be caused due to bad as well as good experiences, but what is stress, how it affects a human body, how it damages your health and what can we do about it? All these questions come in your mind. Lets us discuss all these things in detail.
What is Stress?
When your body and brain respond to any demand is known as stress. When people experience and feel stressed by any situation or something going on around them, during this process the body realizes chemicals into your blood streams. These chemicals can give you more strength and energy, if it is caused by emotional then it may cause a big damage to your body and it does not have an outlet for extra strength and energy. However, if the stress is caused by physical danger it is acceptable. You can feel stressful anytime in your life like work, exercise, life events, traumatic events, etc. You should find different ways to reduce stress because stress can affect your health. So, pay attention to your health and deal with major as well as minor stress events in your life.
Types of stress
- Survival stress
- Internal stress
- Environmental stress
- Fatigue and overwork stress
How stresses affect your body?
- Skin: Stress can lead to problems like acne, eczema, psoriasis, random breakouts, skin rashes, and dermatitis.
- Stomach: Stomach can lead to IBS, IBD, food allergies, stomach cramps, reflux, peptic ulcer diseases, nausea and weight fluctuations.
- Pancreas: Results in elevated secretions of insulin, which if chronic could lead to diabetes, damaged arteries and obesity.
- Head: Stress can badly affect your brain; it may lead to issues with your mood, depression, anger, lack of energy, anxiety and panic attacks.
- Heart: Increased blood pressure, increased risk of heart attack, stroke and higher cholesterol.
- Intestines: Decreased nutrient absorption, reduced metabolism, increased risk of inflammatory bowel diseases, decreased enzymatic output, bowel diseases, diabetes and more.
- Pancreas: stress can increase the risk of type 2 diabetes.
- Reproductive systems: Decreased testosterone and estradiol production can lead to reduced fertility
- Joints and muscles: Stress can lead to aches, pains, tension, lowered bone density, inflammation, osteoporosis, tightness in the shoulders and back.
How to deal with stress?
- Take a time out, listen to some music, practice yoga, meditate, get a massage, etc.
- Eat well-balanced
- Limit alcohol and caffeine
- Get enough sleep; try to sleep at least 8 hours in the night.
- Exercise daily, regular physical activity makes you feel better and good.
- Take deep breaths. Inhale and exhale slowly.
- Count slowly to 10 or you can also count more of necessary
- Accept that you cannot control everything
- Do your best
- Maintain positive activity
- Learn what triggers your anxiety
- Get help online
Talk to your friends and family members