The Health Burden Of Stress: How Our Internal Organs Response To Stress
Due to stress, we are more susceptible to depressive moods, the risk of developing heart disease is higher, the menstrual cycle may be irregular, and headaches more often. Are you aware of the negative consequences that stress has on our body?
Stress is almost an inevitable consequence of life. Everyday work tasks, parenting, family responsibilities – all these are situations that will bring a greater or lesser amount of stress. While short-term stress is actually good and stimulating for the body, long-lasting stress has a negative effect on the body and make us more vulnerable to health problems.
How Stress Impacts Our Internal Organs
- Respiratory system
If you are stressed you will experience shortness of breath, rapid breathing, and some people even hyperventilate. Responding to stressful situations, the respiratory system is under increasing effort so you can become susceptible to upper respiratory tract infections.
- Nerve system
When you are stressed, your nervous system stimulates the adrenal gland, which produces hormones such as epinephrine (adrenaline) and cortisol. Constant high levels of these hormones can have an effect on memory and learning ability and make you depressed.
- Immune system
In small amounts, stress can act as a stimulant to our immunity and then helps the body fight against infections. But, chronic stress slows the healing process and makes us susceptible to infections, and skin disorders like acne and eczema.
- Cardiovascular system
When exposed to stress, our body is responding with rapid heartbeats, and raise the blood pressure (for example, this may happen when we walk toward the altar on the wedding day). Chronic stress can lead to a reduction of arteries and high levels of cholesterol – therefore increasing the risk of heart disease and stroke.
- Muscular system
Severe headaches, neck, shoulders, and back pain are some of the consequences that stress has on the musculoskeletal system. Chronic stress can also increase the risk of developing osteoporosis.
Now, that you know what chronic stress does to your body will you be more cautious? Can you change your response to certain stressful situations?
Reference: 9 Ways Stress Messes With Your Body
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