In the world we live in, we only have to turn around and a stressful situation can develop. Stress can be a physical problem like losing your job or in fact it can manifest itself inside our heads because little things keep bothering us.
Most people see stress as a bad thing, and the majority of it is, but in some situations it can make us perform better. Take for instance if you are under pressure and feeling stressed about meeting work deadlines, then feeling that can make you do well. However, we can’t function in a continuous state of pressure and this is when it starts to affect our bodies and our minds. This article however will be looking at the physical effects of stress on the body.
So What Exactly Is Stress?
The thing you need to understand is that stress is a perfectly normal human and animal reaction when something happens that makes you feel under threat, pressured, upset or unbalanced in any way. When we feel in danger our body and mind goes from 1st or 2nd gear, right up to 5th into a highly pressured bubble of fear. This is better known as the flight or fight response that many experts and medical professionals use.
This response is actually our bodies way of trying to protect us, but like most good intentions the thought is good but the reality can give us more work to deal with in the long run. In this state of fear, called fight or flight response, or we can call it stressed – I don’t mind, we are automatically more alert, suspicious, energetic and with it so to speak. Stress can save our lives, for instance on the news we hear of people that have survived terrible things and you think “how did they manage that?” and it’s because they were given extra energy and adrenaline to perform better.
So, stress can be a good thing, it can be the difference between life and death, but after our stress levels have reached a certain level, it starts to become detrimental to us. The effects of stress can be quite chronic and disabling and will quite often lead to problems with our physical and mental health.
Physical Effects Of Stress
Sometimes it can be quite easy to point out what is stressing us out and we can then work on reducing that, and relaxing ourselves. Much of the time though, stress develops and mounts from a series of stressful situations, so you cannot just relax for the day and feel right again at the end of it.
Stress can affect every system in the body and can result in some serious problems, including:
- Frequent Colds
- Chest Pain
- Rapid Heartbeat
- Loss Of Sex Drive
- Aches And Pains
Skin problems, such as acne and eczema
- Autoimmune Diseases
- Hot And Cold Chills
- Heart Attacks
As you can see the effects of stress range from mild to serious physical problems. It is important to try and find the source of the stress and if necessary gain some help in sorting the stress problem out.