5 Ways Stress Eats Away at Your Physical Body

Stress is a part of life.

It happens to everyone from time to time. However, not all stress is bad.

We all have a stress response which can be life-saving. But if we are exposed to stress for a longer period, our health may be put to harm.

The effects of stress manifest through our health outcomes. Sometimes, we might not realise it.

You may think illness is what causes that nagging headache, your night-to-night insomnia, or your decreased productivity at work.

But little do we know that stress might actually be the root cause.

If you experience these things, then your body might have been stressed for some time:

1. Frequent Colds and Infections

People who have chronic stress are more likely to experience persistent cold symptoms.

Cortisol, a stress hormone, dampens the immune system, particularly the inflammatory response.

The sneezing, sniffling and coughing of the average cold are actually caused by the inflammatory response to a virus, not the virus itself.

2. Upset Stomach

When you’re stressed enough, it can trigger fight-or-flight response.

In the case of upset stomach, stress causes digestion to slow down or even stop so that your body can divert all of its internal energy to facing a perceived threat (for example, public speaking).

This causes abdominal pain and other symptoms of functional gastrointestinal disorders.

3. Fatigue

Ever wondered why at the end of the day you feel physically exhausted even if you’re just sitting down, doing your desk job?

Your exhaustion comes from stress.

It is a mental exhaustion.

It can be caused by difficulty coping with a situation in your life, a result of thoughts and feelings rather than physical exertion.

Because you lived with stress for so long, you may no longer see the negative consequences.

You think that this is just “normal”.

You may not be aware what is wrong with you and have accepted the constant feeling of being tired as part of your life.

4. Aches, Pains, and Tense Muscles

When your body is stressed, muscles tense up as a reflex reaction to stress.

It is the body’s way of protecting itself from injury and pain.

With sudden stress, the muscles tense up all at once to be in a more or less constant state of guardedness.

But if these muscles remained taut and tensed for longer periods, it can lead to other reactions of the body and even promote stress-related disorders.

For example, headaches, shoulder pain, neck pain, and back pain.

5. Sleep Problems

When you’re continually spinning and stressing on the problems of life, it can be difficult to unwind when the day ends.

Being mentally stressed can cause you to toss and turn at night because your brain remains hyperactive.

When you fall asleep, your body switches from its active sympathetic nervous system to the calmer parasympathetic nervous system.

However, this gets interrupted with stress.

Being aware of these stress indicators can help you prevent stress overload and the health consequences that come with it.

If you think you’re overwhelmed with stress, you may want to step back a bit and do things that will help you relax.

Whilst stress is a part of life, how you handle it matters more.

Top 3 Happy Physio Tips to Obliterate Stress

  1. Exercise daily – greater percentage of aerobic versus anaerobic
  2. Shift your focus – focus = feeling – focus on the good things in life
  3. Posture – research proves your posture changes the way you think – better posture = better thoughts = less or no stress + better feelings

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