What are the effects of chronic stress on you?
It’s perfectly normal to feel stressed now and then, but chronic stress can have a significant negative influence on the mind and body.
People can be physiologically be affected by extreme stress, such as that induced by bereavement, shock, or traumatic experiences.
Stress impacts the immune system, neurological system, hormones, and cardiac function, thus those with chronic or extreme stress might have a variety of symptoms.
Other signs and symptoms of chronic stress are:
- A lack of vitality
- Constipation, diarrhoea, stomach cramps, nausea, and other digestive issues
- Insomnia, or sleeping problems
- Muscular stiffness or discomfort
- Infections such as colds, flu, and urinary tract infections are more common (UTIs)
- Lower desire to participate in social situations or activities
How does Chronic Stress can affect you?
- It can lead to physical health problems.
Chronic stress can take a toll on your physical health. It can increase your risk for health problems such as heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
- It can lead to emotional health problems.
Chronic stress can also lead to emotional health problems such as anxiety and depression.
- It can make you irritable.
Chronic stress can make you more irritable and short-tempered.
- It can make you more anxious.
Chronic stress can make you more anxious and cause you to worry more.
- It can make you more depressed.
Chronic stress can make you more depressed and cause you to feel hopeless and helpless.
- It can make you tired.
Only by addressing and changing the root cause can chronic stress be effectively treated. Several lifestyle choices, on the other hand, can significantly reduce stress and its symptoms.
Stress can be managed in a variety of ways, including:
- Identifying and resolving the sources of conflict that are causing them to be irritated.
- Regularly exercising as much as possible.
- Spending a good deal of time outside.
- Yoga, meditation, deep breathing, and guided visualisation are examples of mindfulness and stress-reduction exercises.
- Avoiding bringing work-related concerns or incomplete work home, as well as bringing work-related issues home.
- Taking up a relaxing pastime, particularly one that encourages creativity, such as sketching, writing, painting, or music.
- Inviting family and friends for help and understanding.
- Seeing a mental health professional for assistance.