Knowing What Stress Can Do To Your Body

You might not know it but stress can actually do more damage to your body than most people think. Most people take advantage of their body’s limits and push it to extremes just to get the job done, while thinking that their body will adapt to the stress they impose on it.

But truth to tell, your body has a certain capacity in which it can function effectively; exceed those capacities and you may end up in the hospital waiting for your body to recover. Stress can affect you in many ways – physical, mental and emotional functions are disrupted making you unable to function properly whether in social, personal or career situations.

Stress effects on your body

There is a certain degree to which stress can affect your body. A stressed person will complain of headaches and body pains here and there. If left unchecked, this can lead to migraines and muscle tension that eventually leads to stiffness.

Major changes affect the biochemical functions of your body. This can involve diarrhea, constipation, nausea and dizziness. You may find it hard to sleep at night even if you feel weak and need rest. Resorting to medications to counter this effect only gives temporary, and possibly harmful, relief.

Those who suffer from a weak heart may complain of chest pains and rapid heartbeat – the usual signs and symptoms that eventually lead to stroke or cardiac arrest. Note however that different physical manifestations of stress can be seen for different people; it all depends on your body’s capacity.

Behavioral problems related to stress

Aside from physical manifestations of stress in your body, you might also notice some behavioral changes while under the throes of stress. Changes in sleeping patterns, lack of sleep or inability to sleep during normal slumber hours is usually an early reaction to stress – these are usually caused by heightened emotional and mental functions which are more focused on negatives rather than the positive.

Self-pity and isolation can be caused by a depressed mental state when certain problems crop up in every day life. Irritability and anger can start when a person is bereft of all natural ability to rationalize which is usually the case when stressed or being burdened by heavy problems.

How to cope

There are different techniques that you can employ to avoid these manifestations of stress in your life. The first technique, and the most important one, is learning how to relax when stress pays you a visit. You can employ techniques like meditation, breathing exercises, aromatherapy, or music therapy to induce a state of relaxation in your mind. Once you have achieved this step, you can proceed to deal with stress that affects your body.

Since most of your physiological functions are imbalanced due to stress, you can start by pampering your body through various massages offered by health spas. Loosen those tight muscles to relieve assorted aches and pains and increase your flexibility.

Physical exercise can also help develop cardiovascular functions and strengthen your heart to avoid stroke or rapid heart rate. Also, you need to keep a close watch on your diet, making sure you avoid taking in junk foods and fast foods that elevate harmful chemicals in your body.

Stick with fruits and vegetables and take in herbal supplements to help rejuvenate your body.

All good things,
John

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