What Are Some of the Effects of Stress?
The Effects of Stress. We have established that it is important to understand
stress is and
how it works as a means of beginning to deal with this problem. Now let's look at some ways in which our health can be
Stress can effect not only our body but also our thoughts and feelings as well as our behavior.
Mayo Clinic published a chart that we really liked. We will
present it here without alteration.
Effects of Stress on Your Body.
- Back Pain
- Heart Disease
- Heart Palpitations
- Decreased Immunity
- Sleep Problems
On Your Thoughts and Feelings.
- Feeling Insecure
- Lack of Focus
On Your Behavior.
- Under eating
- Drug or Alcohol Abuse
- Increased Smoking
- Crying Spells
- Relationship Conflicts
This Mayo Clinic list is by no means exhaustive. Other things which Dr. Merrill says that he has noticed in his
- Poor Judgment
- A General Negative Outlook
- Feeling Lonely and Isolated
- Aches and Pains in almost any area
of the body
- Diarrhea or Constipation
too Much or too Little
- Procrastination or Neglect of Responsibilities
Nervous Habits such as Nail Biting or Pacing
The bottom line is that stress
can lead to almost any problem physically, mentally, and socially. When we notice any of
these behaviors in ourselves it is important that we take action and do something about it.
I have a sister who developed Crohns Disease because of extreme stress in her marriage. She
has suffered much because of this crippling and painful disease. My daughter, Jenny, gets
a rash on her extremities when under a lot of stress. I personally, as well as several
friends, developed shingles because of stress. It's an ugly thing, stress is.
We have talked about
natural stress relief, the definition of stress, and the effects of
Let's spend a little while talking about ways of reducing our stress. There are
still lots more ways. And let's not forget simple things such as:
Realizing that we can overcome stress naturally - without the help of prescription drugs.
destructive habits, or other things that only temporarily mask the problem - gives us
freedom. It provides escape.
Escape is defined as:
- The ability to get free from a
- To leave everyday stresses behind and take a well-deserved
It means to depart, emancipate, release. We can do this.
Remember these inspiring words:
"I don't run away from a challenge because I am afraid.
Instead, I run toward it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath
your feet." - Nadia Comaneci.
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