Chronic Stress: Health Problems Caused by Stress

Stress is your body’s reaction to pressure from many conditions in your life.

Stress can be useful since it keeps us alert, motivated, and ready to avert danger. When stressors continue without relief or periods of relaxation, though, it becomes a problem.

This is especially true in today’s fast-paced world when chronic stress has a substantial impact on your mind and body.

Continue reading to find out how stress affects your physical and emotional health, as well as what you can do about it.

How Stress Can Affect Your Body

effects of stress symptoms

Endocrine And Central Nervous Systems

stress effects on sympathetic nervous system

Your ‘fight or flight’ reaction is controlled by your central nervous system.

The hypothalamus sends a signal to your adrenal glands to release stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol when you are faced with a stressful situation.

These hormones speed up your heart rate and blood flow to your vital organs.

The body will usually regulate itself after an event, but the stress reaction will prolong if the stressor is still present and/or your central nervous system fails to regulate itself.

Stress, whether frequent or chronic, can contribute to physical and mental health issues such as diabetes, obesity, immunological diseases, depression, and chronic fatigue.

Respiratory system

The respiratory system is in charge of oxygen supply to cells and carbon dioxide removal from the body.

Shortness of breath or fast breathing can be caused by stressful conditions because the airway between your lungs and nose constricts.

Stressful life events can increase breathing problems in those with pre-existing respiratory disorders including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

For someone who is prone to panic attacks, stress-induced rapid breathing (hyperventilation) may trigger one.

Cardiovascular System

manage stress for your mental and physical health

Overwhelming stress may cause your heart rate to rise. Your blood pressure rises as your body tries to give oxygen-rich blood to every cell.

Continuous stress can result in excessive amounts of stress hormones and high blood pressure, both of which can lead to heart disease.

Stress, whether frequent or chronic, can increase your risk of hypertension, cardiac arrest, and stroke. It’s also possible that long-term stress has an effect on your cholesterol levels.

Musculoskeletal System

In response to sudden onset tension, muscles tense all at once, then relax once the stimulus has passed.

However, if you’re constantly stressed, your muscle tension will stay constant too.

Muscle tension can exacerbate chronic, stress-related musculoskeletal diseases, leading to muscle atrophy, or the weakening or loss of muscle tissue.

Reproductive System

Stress can cause testosterone levels in men to diminish over time, interfering with sperm production and sexual desire, and even leading to erectile dysfunction.

Chronic stress may make male reproductive organs including the prostate and testes more susceptible to infection.

Lack of sexual desire, painful periods, and an increased risk of postpartum depression are all stress-related impacts on women.

Digestive System

When your stress levels rise, your liver produces extra blood sugar to give your body energy. The extra blood sugar surge may increase the risk of diabetes if your stress levels remain elevated for a long time.

As a result, stomach acid levels may rise, resulting in heartburn and acid reflux. Long-term stress has also been associated with gastrointestinal illnesses like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and stomach ulcers in several studies.

Are You Feeling Stressed?

stressful situations , work related stress

Stress effects can be seen in many forms like:

Physical symptoms

  • Insomnia

  • Aching muscles

  • Cold or sweaty hands

  • Teeth grinding and clenched jaw

Emotional symptoms

  • Easily agitated, frustrated, and moody

  • Unable to unwind and feeling overwhelmed

  • Low self-confidence

  • Keeping to oneself

Behavioral symptoms

  • Developing a fidgety attitude

  • Procrastinating

  • Appetite fluctuates

  • Substance abuse

Cognitive symptoms

  • Feeling pessimistic and finding it hard to look at the positives

  • Worrying and thinking constantly

  • Inability to concentrate and make sound decisions

  • Stress-induced memory impairment

What triggers stress?

There are numerous factors that might cause stress. Furthermore, not everyone reacts to an incident in the same way; something that stresses you out may not upset someone else.

As a result, pinpointing the particular causes of stress can be difficult. However, some common sources of stress include:

  • Stressful life events

  • Workplace anxiety

  • Financial uncertainty

  • Problems in relationships

  • Irrational expectations

  • Pessimistic attitude toward life

What can I do to cope with the effects of stress?

stress management

Relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, and deep breathing enhance the body’s relaxation reaction, which is the polar opposite of the stress response.

Eat a well-balanced diet. The food you eat might alter your mood and capacity to cope with life’s stresses.

Get some shut-eye. Tiredness can increase stress levels by causing you to make rash decisions. On the other side, chronic stress might disrupt your sleep.

Vitality Can Help You Release Your Stress!

Have you been suffering from chronic issues like migraines, Meniere’s disease, shoulder pain, vertigo, neck pain or even digestive problems?

Chiropractic treatments can aid in the relief of chronic stress symptoms, especially the issues mentioned above.

Interested in learning more?

Book an appointment today for a consultation.

Share Article
Recent Posts
infant torticollis
Uncategorized

How a Torticollis Chiropractor Can Help Your Child

Have you noticed a limited neck movement or a little tilting to one side in your child? They may have infant torticollis, a condition characterised by a twisted or tilted neck. There are currently no known cure for the condition, but there are ways to manage it, most effectively through a specialised Chiropractor. A Chiropractor

Read More »
bell palsy treatment
Blog Posts

What You Need to Know About Chiropractic Bells Palsy

Bell’s palsy is a sudden and unexplained episode of facial muscle weakness or paralysis. The most common cause of facial paralysis, the condition can strike anyone at any age and can last anywhere from a few weeks to 6 months. In some cases, muscle weakness can last forever, even after recovery. Here’s everything you need

Read More »
chiropractic care for traumatic brain injury and brain disorder of pediatric epileptic patients
Blog Posts

Chiropractor for Epilepsy? How Chiropractic Care Can Help Epileptic Patients

Has epilepsy and seizure disorders been affecting your daily activities and reducing your quality of life? Finding a reliable method to treat this neurological condition is difficult for many, but Vitality Chiropractic Centres offers Chiropractic care for epilepsy to help you live more comfortably! Find out more about epilepsy, how seizure occurs, and how Chiropractic

Read More »
whiplash chiropractic treatments
Blog Posts

Whiplash Chiropractic Treatment: Can a Chiropractor Treat a Whiplash Injury?

Whiplash occurs when the head is suddenly “whipped” in one direction—backwards or forwards—and then the other, which causes the neck muscles to be injured (most commonly by car accident) Soft tissues tear or sprain during whiplash, causing discomfort and neck pain. Whether they resulted from a car accident, physical activity, or workplace mishap, it is

Read More »
headache relief guide singapore vitality chiropractic

Suffering From Headaches or Migraines?

 

Get Your FREE Guide to Solve Your Headaches and Migraines!

Your Guide is on the way!