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How Stress Can Wreak Havoc on your Body


Stress can do more damage to your body than most people think. It can disrupt your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing and lead to the inability to function when it comes to your social life or career.

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Effects on your Body

There is a certain degree in which stress can affect your body. A stressed person will complain of headaches and body pains, which can lead to migraine and muscle tension.

Major changes will affect the biochemical functions of your body. The negative result of this can include diarrhea, constipation, nausea and dizziness. Many people with stress are diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). In addition, sleep can be disrupted, and you will not feel well-rested. People usually resort to medications to counter this effect, but this is only a temporary remedy.

Some people with large amounts of stress will even complain of chest pains and rapid heartbeat, which can be signs that are representative of la stroke or cardiac arrest.  However, note that different physical manifestations of stress can be seen for different people – it all depends on your body’s capacity.

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Behavioural Problems Related to Stress

Aside from physical manifestations of stress in your body, you might also notice some behavioural changes. Changes in sleeping patterns, lack of sleep or inability to sleep during normal slumber hours is usually the initial reactions to stress. These are usually caused by heightened emotional and mental functions which is more negative than positive. In addition, a person may begin to feel Isolated, irritable and angry, which are some of the symptoms of depression.


How to Cope with Stress

There are different techniques that a person can use to reduce stress in their life. The first technique, and the most important one, is learning how to relax. You can employ techniques like meditation, breathing exercises, aromatherapy, or music therapy to induce a state of relaxation. There are even meditation apps out there, like Calm, that makes it convenient to reduce stress at your convenience. Once you have achieved this step, you can proceed on how to deal with stress that affects your body.

Since most of your physiological functions are imbalanced due to stress, you can start by using some much-needed self-care. This can be achieved through various massages offered by practitioners near you. They can loosen your tight muscles, relieve aches and pains, and increase flexibility.  If you work for a company that offers medical benefits, depending on the plan, massage therapy can often be covered.

Physical exercise can also help develop cardiovascular functions and strengthen your heart to avoid stroke or rapid heart rate. Add more vegetables and fruit into your diet, and take herbal supplements to help rejuvenate your body.