12 Daunting Effects of Stress on Your Body


    Stress diseases can affect your health, though you may not realize it. You might be thinking that illness can cause blame for that painful headache, frequent insomnia or reduced productivity at work. But stress can be the offender.

    Stress occurs when the body responds physically, mentally or emotionally to specific situations. No doubt, stress is a part of our daily life, born of events that occur around us. You might also be thinking it can be caused by something external. The effects of stress may be good or bad, depending on the way they treat them.

    What Are The Common effects?

    However, the symptoms of stress can affect the body, feelings the thoughts as well as the behavior.  Stress left unnoticed can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes.

    Common effects of stress on your body

    • Headache
    • Muscular tension or pain
    • chest pain
    • Fatigue
    • Change the sex drive
    • Abdominal pain
    • Sleep problems

    How does it affect Your health?

    Stress when treated positively is favorable to us. It helps us to keep alert, active and energetic.

    When stress becomes too much, it becomes in need, and when we treat it negatively, it will start to affect us physically, mentally and emotionally. It is bad for us because it can disturb our relationships with everyone around us and worsen our physical and mental condition.

    How does it affect your overall health?

    When stress is treated negatively, it usually leads to depression. To get rid of this depression, many take the serious help of tobacco, alcohol, and drugs, all giving a sense of stress relief. In fact, your body is still stressed, and these substances just help make things worse as well. Stress effects on the body, without doubt, can be physical, emotional and psychological.

    The physical, physiological and psychological effects of stress will all differ from each, depending on factors ranges from age, physical and mental health, attitude and prospects of life and level of stress. The following are some of these effects:

    • Hair loss or premature gripping of hair

    • Problem remembering things

    • Bad concentration

    • Irritation induced with the slightest triggers

    • Overreaction to any situation

    • Loss of trust

    • Too much or too little food

    • Too much or too little sleep

    • Sudden increase in consumption of alcohol/tobacco

    • Disturbed sleep

    • Constant headache

    • Severe digestive problems

    • Breathing problems

    • Do you feel tired (even when you wake up in the morning)

    • Irregular heartbeat

    • Muscular tension and severe muscular pain

    • Sudden and unjustified anger

    • Constipation, diarrhea

    • High blood pressure

    • Hypersensitivity and extremely moody

    • Concentration of the negative factors

    • Confused mind

    • An urge to get away from everyone and everything (isolate)

    Common effects on your mood

    • Anxiety
    • Restlessness
    • Lack of motivation or focus
    • Feeling overwhelmed
    • Irritation or anger
    • sadness or depression

    Common effects on your behaviour

    • Overeating or downfall
    • Angry eruptions
    • Drug or alcohol abuse
    • Tobacco use
    • Social withdrawal
    • Practice less often

    However, the combination of one or more of these above-stated health effects can cause one or more of the following diseases.

    • Serious substance abuse
    • insomnia

    • Heart problems

    • Stroke

    • Hypertension

    • Extreme eating disorders

    • Severe weight loss or weight loss

    • swearing

    • Serious depression

    • infertility

    • Skin problems

    • Missing or irregular periods

    Effects on the immune system

    It is clear that stress can affect and causes our immune system to weaken, leading to reduced health and getting sick regularly. Below are some immune system disorders that are created and affected by stress.

    • Eczema
    • Psoriasis

    • Ulcerative colitis

    • Oral and genital herpes

    How to manage stress

    If you have stress stimulation, you can take many health benefits to manage your stress. Engage in stress management activities like;

    • Regular physical activity
    • Relaxation activities like Yoga, deep breathing, meditation, or massage of the body
    • Keeping a sense of humor
    • Socialize with family and friends
    • Set time for hobbies, such as reading a book or listening to music

    Most of the conditions mentioned above and diseases can be avoided (if they are stressful) as we know how to optimize stressful situations positively. Seek professional help if required. It is better that we control stress, than stress controlling us.

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    Saminu Abass Ola who is popularly called ‘Mr. Possible‘ is a young motivational and inspirational speaker and writer, who is also the brain behind this wonderful blog. He is also passionate about Social Marketing. He believes in the abilities of others and tends to bring out the hidden potentials in people’s lives through his motivational articles and words of inspiration.