There is the saying "stress can kill" but even if it doesn't kill you, stress will have a negative impact on your body.
Stress does not only take a toll on your mind and soul, but it also beats up your body. However, in today's busy, crazy, unbalanced world most people have just learned to live with stress without understanding the long-lasting effects of it. In order to fully understand that "this stress is OK" lifestyle we are living is actually not good, PopSugar went to the experts to find out the impacts it has on your body.
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Clinical psychologist, Athena Robinson broke down what chronic stress is as well as how harmful it can be to your body. First chronic stress is when a person feels high levels of stress on a regular basis, especially in situations they have little to no control over even if they think they do. If you feel stressed pretty much all the time, it is chronic and not OK.
On the psychological level, ongoing stress can cause depression, panic attacks, anxiety, and sleep problems. All of these will have an impact on your physical health leading to cause severe headaches and chronic pain.
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Robinson explains high levels of cortisol, which is the stress hormone, is released on a continuous basis can result in decreased immune function and bone density, impaired learning and memory, and increased blood pressure. Heart disease and a potential heart attack are also substantial negative impacts this has on your body.
Even if you suffer from chronic stress, there are steps you can take to help the impact it has on your body. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness programs, exercise, and therapy, are whys to help manage stress. Also, know the signs of stress so you can try to eliminate it before it comes on.
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Increased heart rate, sweating, a pressure in the chest, shallow breathing, increased body temperature, low energy, clammy hands, feeling down or depressed, feeling hopeless, and increased irritability or short temper are all warning signs, so pay attention to what your body is telling you.
There are some severe negative impacts to your body caused by stress so do not just accept it is a part of life take charge and do something.