How does stress impact your health?
While stress is an inevitable part of life, stress hormones can be seriously damaging to your health if they remains elevated in the body for long periods of time. For example, chronic stress can cause a variety of symptoms including irritability, anxiety, depression, headaches and insomnia.
Stress affects many important processes in our bodies throughout our central nervous system, endocrine system, respiratory system, cardiovascular system, digestive system, muscular system, reproductive system and immune system.
Stress visibly impacts these vital systems by elevating your heart rate, inducing behaviors such as over or under eating / drinking, increasing blood pressure, or causing indigestion, muscle pain, irregular periods or decreased testosterone levels. Chronic stress also weakens the immune systems over time, making you more susceptible to colds, the flu, and other viral illnesses.
It is important to learn how to manage your stress levels to protect your physical and mental health. Keep reading for tips on how to combat stress when you feel it.