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The Effects Of Stress On Your Body


The Effects Of Stress On Your Body

The Effects Of Stress On Your Body

The Effects Of Stress On Your Body


Stress is a very natural reaction to life and it can affect you both physically and mentally. When you are late for work or when your spouse is arguing with you over dinner plans, your hypothalamus, a region of the forebrain below the thalamus, sends out a signal for your body to release stress hormones. These hormones then trigger your body’s fight or flight response and makes certain changes that you can feel and others can see. Once the stress factor is removed, the stress hormones stop releasing and your body slowly goes back to normal.

These changes that your body undergoes can include muscles tightening, pupils dilating, breathing becoming heavier and more frequent and your brain becoming more alert. Stress can be beneficial to your health short term, but long term stress can cause a wide range of health problems.

Long term, or chronic, stress can affect your overall physical and mental well-being leading to illness. Some of the symptoms of chronic stress include:

  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia

How Stress Affects Various Systems Within Your Body

Immune System- too much stress can make it more difficult for you to fight off colds and infections. Your immune system will become weaker and you will find that it takes longer to recover from injury or illness.

Digestive System- stress causes your liver to produce an overabundance of blood sugar to give you more energy. If you are frequently under stress, your body won’t be able to handle this additional blood sugar and you risk developing type 2 diabetes. Stress can also cause heartburn or acid reflux, diarrhea or constipation as well as nausea, vomiting or a stomachache.

Respiratory And Cardiovascular Systems- during a stress response, your breathing will increase and more oxygen-rich blood will be sent throughout your body. Patients suffering from asthma or emphysema will find it harder to breathe. Blood vessels will also contract and your blood pressure will rise increasing the risk of you having a stroke or heart attack.

Muscular System- your muscles will tense up when you are stressed making it difficult to relax. This can lead to headaches, back and shoulder pain, and body aches.

Sexual System- stress can cause you to lose your desire for sex and even make it difficult to become or stay aroused.

What To Do About Chronic Stress

Relieving chronic stress is easier than you think. A wellness retreat from The Beach House Goa can help you to destress, rejuvenate and feel more like yourself again. The Beach House Goa offers a wide range of custom tailored retreats that are designed to promote physical and mental well-being.

Contact The Beach House Goa

To learn more about how you can effectively defeat stress and become more relaxed, contact The Beach House Goa today!

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