The Effects of Stress on Mind and Body

The effects of stress can produce wear and tear on the body and lead to stress-related illnesses.

When stressed your body activates the stress response.

Stress hormones, such as adrenaline and cortisol are released and your body prepares for the emergency.

Breathing rate and muscle tension increase, perspiration rises as the body's cooling system is turned on, and digestion shuts down as the body mobilizes resources for the emergency.

In the short-term this stress response can boost concentration and focus, maintain motivation and discipline.

So not all types of stress are bad for you!

But too much stress can lead to stress related illnesses.

What are the effects of stress

Do you feel tired and frazzled at the end of the day?

Do you feel overwhelmed and pressured?

If so, then you may be living with an unhealthy amount of stress.

Stress is a part of everyday life but it does not have to be a way of life!

Throughout your day the fight or flight response could be constantly activated.

Overwork, financial stress, traffic jams or office politics that frustrate or annoy you throughout the day have the potential to activate the fight or flight response.

This results in some of the typical stress effects on the body and mind:

Warning Signs of Stress

Physical effects of stress

  • Feelings of nausea
  • Feeling faint or sweaty
  • Headaches or migraine
  • Indigestion, constipation
  • Increased skin irritations e.g. eczema
  • An increase in minor illnesses
  • Feeling tired all the time

Emotional effects and stress

  • Increased forgetfulness
  • Difficulty making decisions
  • A loss of a sense of humor
  • Increased irritability or moodiness
  • Negative thinking
  • Poorer concentration
  • Being constantly worried

When looking at these stress symptoms , keep in mind that these symptoms could be due to other medical problems. It is important for you to visit your local doctor for a complete checkup.

Emotional and Physical Effects of Stress

Unlike acute stress, chronic stress is deceptive and can be implicated in a number of physical, emotional and behavioral difficulties.

Common Difficulties with Chronic Stress

Emotional difficulties: anxiety disorders and depression, increased anger, a heightened level of fear or constant worrying, and a generally more negative outlook on life

Behavioral difficulties: insomnia and other sleep problems, increased alcohol,nicotine and/or drug consumption as a coping mechanism, an increased chance of eating disorders, and a general level of increased accident proness.

Thinking difficulties: feelings of hopelessness, increased apathy and negative thinking, poorer concentration and decision making

The fight or flight response is the alarm phase of the general adaptation syndrome. This describes the effect of acute and chronic stress on the body and how stress can lead to burnout and poorer stress health.

Things to know about the effects of stress

Wading through stress information on the Internet can be stressful!

Here we provide some things you need to know about the effects of stress.

The wrong attitude can greatly increase your stress.

Based on our definition of stress, stress occurs when the perceived demands of the situation exceed our resources for coping with stress.

Negative thinking and the wrong attitude can greatly increase stress. Here are some tips for developing a positive mental attitude and positive thinking skills for stress relief.

You can imagine your stress gone to reduce stress

Most likely we have all said the statement "I’ll believe it when I see it".

Well it is true – "seeing is believing" – especially when it comes to promoting a relaxed effect.

Guided imagery is more active than meditation techniques in that imagery directs the mind to use all its senses to re-create an experience.

Even small amounts of stress can affect your health

Research shows that small amounts of stress that occur day in and day out make you vulnerable to stress-related illnesses.

So if you are suffering from persistent job stress, relationship difficulties, or are experience caregiver stress then you may be compromising your immune system and overall health.

Learn more about how does stress affect health and what you can do about it?

Stop your stress quickly

The good news is that there is a direct opposite to the effects of stress. When stress the body elicits the stress response.

This is a sympathetic nervous system activation.

To reduce the impact of stress on the mind and body the relaxation response can be activated.

These breathing techniques stop stress quickly and induce the relaxation response.

Search here for other ways to reduce the stress effects on mind and body

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