What Can Stress Do to Your Health?

People say that stress can kill you, but do they really mean it? The answer to that is "Yes". Stress kills people every single day, though you don't see people dropping like flies from it because it takes a long time for it to really do some damage to you. In cases where people have died due to excessive stress, the coroner's report is not going to list stress as the cause of death. This is because stress itself doesn't kill you, but it leads to a wide range of other health problems that will. A person who is living an otherwise positive and happy life, may suddenly lose their quality of life because of it. If you've developed unexplained symptoms and you think they may be related to stress, there's probably a good chance they are. Anybody who thinks they may be overstressed should start taking steps to relax, such as meditation or relaxation techniques, and avoid it as soon as possible. Since stress affects everybody differently, it can be a very personal problem and is sometimes hard to tell how it may be affecting your life. Let's take a look at some of the most common negative effects that stress can have on a person and their life.

Overall Feeling
The most common symptoms of stress will usually present themselves quickly in the overall way a person feels. This includes feelings of fatigue, laziness, headaches, and many of the same symptoms a person might have after going through mental trauma, like when a family member dies. This is because trauma is just a very severe form of the usual mental stress that many people deal with every day. Some people become so stressed out, that the muscles in their body tighten-up and they begin to feel aches all over their body, such as chest pain or tension in the neck. This is why relaxing activities, such as reading a book, taking a walk, or enjoying a hot bath can instantly make a person feel better all over their body. This is mainly because of the physical muscles relaxing, as well as the brain focusing on something else other than serious or negative issues. As the brain thinks of more relaxing things, this relaxes the muscles in the body as well. So if you're feeling any of these symptoms and think they may be caused by stress, a hot bath or a fun, light-hearted movie may be some great natural remedies to get you feeling better.

Mental Effects
Stress is notorious for causing mental imbalances and problems. People who are experiencing a lot of stress can easily become agitated, angry, upset, depressed, paranoid, or even suicidal (and sometimes even homicidal). Some other common symptoms include concentration problems, mood swings, and feeling unmotivated. Some people work better under stress, but over the long-haul, it will eventually take it's toll and wear down a person's work ethic and ambition. It can also cause a person to feel trapped or agitated because they feel they have no freedom, and they may eventually get fed up with the feeling and have a mental breakdown. Other effects of stress on the brain include memory problems, increased hormone production, and even changes in personality and attitude.

Sleep
Stress and anxiety can cause all types of sleeping problems and disorders. Some people may feel tired all day long and want to take frequent naps, while others may have a hard time getting to sleep at night. If you're really stressed out, you may even have both of those problems at the same time. Sometimes the stress can cause the tired feelings throughout the day because it's draining a person's energy right then and there. However, other times those feelings may be caused by waking up in the middle of the night. It's somewhat common for people with lots of stress to have a hard time staying asleep once they doze off. So if you feel tired all day and you're constantly yawning, this may be what's occuring at night and you don't even realize it. As mentioned before, falling asleep naturally can also be a difficult task for people who are dealing with mental stress. In order to fall asleep, many people need their mind to be clear and can't be thinking too hard about things. When you're mentally stressed, you're constantly thinking about things and can't clear your mind to fall asleep. This is why many people try to count sheep while lying in bed. It helps to get their mind off of whatever they are worrying about.

Social
Stress often goes hand-in-hand with social anxiety. If you're always feeling tense and worried about things or angry, it may be harder to come out of your shell and get over whatever social problems you're dealing with. A person who is always in a bad mood because of anxiety or stress, is probably not going to be too outgoing or personable, and others sense that and may keep their distance as well. So if you're having problems interacting with people in your life, you should probably try to cure your stress before you do anything else. In addition to this, stress can have a big impact on a person's sex life. Stress can reduce circulation to different parts of the body, so men may have problems maintaining erections or staying aroused, and both men and women may experience decreases in their libido or sex drive as a result of hormone imbalances.

Diet
Another common symptom of having physical or emotional stress is having a poor diet. One reason a poor diet can occur, is because stress may cause a person to just lose their appetite completely, to where they no longer feel hungry enough to eat full meals or eat 2 or 3 times a day. Another common reason is due to the fact that stress causes some people to eat poorly because some people pigout on junk food and fatty foods when they are feeling unnerved. I'm sure you've heard people refer to foods such as ice cream as "comfort food". This is because it makes some people feel better after they've had a bad day or when they are depressed. Since stress and anxiety can cause fatigue, it brings us to another reason a Loss of appetite, poor diet because too lazy or unmotivated to prepare healthy foods or care

Immune System
When it comes to immunity, there have been various studies that have made a connection between stress and the immune system. The link between the two is especially powerful when it comes to mental or emotional stress. Researchers have found that when a person is stressing over something on for long periods of time or on a regular basis, their cortisol levels increase. Cortisol is a hormone that the body produces and one which naturally suppresses the immune system. There is lots of research regarding the immunosuppression and it's correlation with different types of diseases. An immunosuppressed person is more likely to catch the common cold and flu, as well as more likely to get serious life-threatening diseases. So if you are constantly worrying about things, such as money problems or your career, you should treat the situation very seriously and take measures to reduce your chronic stress and decrease your cortisol levels.

Skin
In addition to the immune system, stress can affect hormone levels as well. When either one of these things is affected, it can result in skin problems, such as acne, eczema, dermatitis, and a wide range of other dermatologic manifestations. There is clearly a link between acne and hormones, as you've probably noticed that teens who are going through puberty are more prone to getting zits than adults. Hormones, such as testerone and estrogen, can affect a person's oil production and this can result in clogged pores, which can lead to acne or other skin conditions. A lowered immune system can also open the door for all different types of skin problems that a person wouldn't normally experience if they were in good health. A large number of people who have eczema of the skin also have immune disorders that are the initial cause of their disorders.

Success
Since stress can lead to all different types of problems, from mental to physical problems, that means it can also cause problems for a person's career or financial success. If a person has problems concentrating in the workplace or is always feeling depressed or tired, they may not be as alert on the job or may lose their motivation to succeed in life. Additionally, a person may also miss work a lot if they are constantly getting sick or feeling unwell due to the impact on their immune system. As mentioned before, a person who is under a lot of stress can constantly be agitated or appear to be in a bad mood, and this can lead to problems with coworkers or a loss of promotions on the job if a person's boss or management feels they aren't friendly enough to work with clients or represent the company. This in itself can lead to even more stress when you lose your job or can't pay the bills, so it creates a downward spiral and even more health problems like depression and other mental and physical disorders.





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