Everything You Need To Know About Stress In One Place
What is stress? Stress is nothing else but your body’s response to mental or emotional pressure. Some stress may be good as it can make one perform better to overcome the situation or situations that are causing it. When we are not able to manage stress and let it get the better of us then it becomes a problem and now have to find ways of managing, otherwise it takes us down or puts us in a worse situation, say depression. When stress overwhelms us it will damage our relationships, our moods and as mentioned earlier, have a very negative impact on our health. So how do we manage it? How do we not let it affect us?
What happens to our bodies when we are stressed?
The effects of stress on our bodies are immense. The following are examples of what can be affected by not properly managing stress.
- Immune system – if we are under prolonged stress, our immune system can be compromised making us susceptible too frequent infections. Even viral illnesses like the common cold and flu will be prevalent.
- Musculoskeletal system – stress affects our muscles. They tense up when we are stressed. This is the body’s way of guarding itself against injury. With taut muscles, tension-type headaches are very common.
- Respiratory system – the heart beats faster when one is under stress. This in effect can trigger other conditions like asthma or panic attacks.
- Cardiovascular system – continued levels of high stress can have adverse effects on the heart and the other organs related to it. These could lead to problems with blood pressure, having adverse effects on other organs of the body.
Unhealthy ways to deal with stress
Some unhealthy ways to manage stress include taking alcohol with the hope of drowning your sorrows. Taking alcohol is not a coping mechanism. It only depresses you further once the alcohol wears off. Another unhealthy way is taking drugs or smoking. Substance abuse if not checked can put one into even bigger problems. Avoid reaching for a cigarette every time something stressful happens. These ways will have adverse effects on your health. Emotional eating is also unhealthy because you will end up eating junk food. Within no time you will not have control over what you eat, adding on to problems like obesity.
Finally, a little stress in your life is not bad. Some people tend to work well under pressure but if you get to a point where you feel that everything is going downhill, drop it and take a walk. It might be the difference between falling off the cliff and hanging on.