Effects of Stress on Your HealthPosted on: August 20, 2014Categories: LiveWell 24/7
Stress is a normal part of everyone’s life that forces the body to adjust to any change. The body reacts physically mentally and emotionally to these changes. Although it is normal to experience stress, it can actually take a toll on your health. While sometimes stress is positive such as keeping us alert to avoid danger, it is commonly negative because it prevents us from relaxing. Stress causes people to become overworked and stress-related tension begins to build up. Although it may not be the first thing you think of in terms of health concerns, stress has caused adverse health effects in as many as 43% of adults. Many of these stress related problems include headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression and anxiety. To prevent stress build up, identify the problems causing stress in your life and either address the problem. For example, if you are easily stressed out by deadlines, prepare your work far in advance so that you won’t be worrying last minute. Also, if you cope with stress in a negative way such as smoking or drinking, that could actually be adding to your overall stress without you realizing it. Try to avoid negative coping methods. Figure out the best way to manage your stress and develop a habit so that you will experience less stress overall and avoid the negative effects it has on your health.