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The Symptoms and Effects of Stress

January 20th, 2011

stress-symptoms-causes-effects.jpgStress plays a part in everyone’s life. It is our natural response to situations which make us feel threatened, upset, or in danger. This reaction, known as the fight or flight response, has kept us safe for thousands of years. Sometimes stress can even help us perform at our best.

For many people, the feeling of stress, pressure, and anxiety is a normal part of life. However, when you let your body and mind function this way for long periods of time, there are sure to be negative consequences. Many people are looking to stress management techniques to help reduce these effects.

The Effects of Stress

Stress and anxiety can have many short- and long-term effects on sufferers. The immediate effects of a stressful situation include a faster heart rate, sweating, and rapid breathing. Your body has released the hormones adrenaline and cortisol into your system, which are causing these reactions. The stress response can help sharpen your focus and increase your strength and stamina.

High pressure jobs, family problems, and health issues are just a few of the reasons that a person may be constantly feeling stressed. It is when you start to feel stressed out all the time and the stress response goes into overdrive that problems start to occur. Chronic stress can raise blood pressure and suppress the immune system, and has been documented to increase the risks of heart disease, stroke, and infertility. People who have high exposure to stressful situations are more likely to develop anxiety-related disorders and depression.

These effects that stress has on the body can manifest themselves as an array of symptoms. Chronic stress can lead to sleep disorders, skin problems, constant illness, headaches, and weight problems. Without stress management, these problems can become severe.

Taking Steps Toward Stress Management

If you are experiencing chronic stress, you probably feel like you have no control over your life. There are many things you can do to get that control back and start reducing the stress you are feeling. The first step is to recognize that stress is your response to an external event. While you may not be able to control the event, you are able to control how you react to it. The next time something happens that worries you, address what it is and what problems it will cause. Spend some time thinking rationally about the best way to deal with the problem. If a friend asked you for advice on the topic, what would you say? You may not be able to change what is happening, but by slowing down and applying logic, you have taken the first step in controlling your stress level.

This article was supplied by Amelie Maldon from Constant Content.

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