Effects of stress can show up in your life in different ways. It is important to remember that all stress isn’t bad. Our bodies and minds are capable of dealing with certain amounts of stress. Stress affects the body in many ways. Stress is how our bodies react to internal and external stimuli that creates a (fight-or-flight) or stress response. Effects of stress can be physical or mental.
Effects of stress on the body
Effects of stress on the body affects the physical aspects of life. Stress affects the organs, muscles, and joints. Stress causes unwanted aches and pains. For example, you may experience tension headaches. They may start at the base of the back of the neck and feel like a shooting pain. Or you may feel extremely exhausted. Stress may be the cause of your fatigue. As a result, it may be hard to get out of bed. Insomnia isn’t far behind. Effects of stress can leave the body open to infections, colds, and other sicknesses.
Physical effects of stress include:
- Cardiovascular issues
- Digestion issues (nausea, constipation, diarrhea, etc.)
- Immunity Issues
- Skin conditions and disorders
Effects of Stress on the Brain:
Effects of stress on the brain can make you feel uncertain about situations in life. The mind can be a very complicated thing. Your thoughts may become overwhelming, and disorganized. The mental effects of stress make you feel like your thoughts are racing.
Stress can make you very pessimistic. It can cause you to see only the negative aspects of life. This may lead to depression and anxiety. The lack of control you feel can cause you to overthink situations. Stressful thoughts may affect your financial decisions, relationship choices, and other daily aspects of life.
Mental effects of Stress include:
- Negative Thoughts
- Constant worrying
- Poor judgment and lack of focus
- Chaotic thinking
- Financial decisions
For this reason, it is important to recognize when you are stressed out. Pay attention to how prevalent the effects of stress are in your life. When a person is up against continuous obstacles without relief or relaxation between obstacles; this leads to stress. The person experiences stress-related tension. Then feels overworked and “stressed-out”.
Symptoms of Stress Are
When you begin to experience stress you will have symptoms. It is imperative to pay attention to the symptoms of stress. The symptoms may include shifts in your mood. You may feel less social. Changes in your diet and eating habits occur.
Effects of stress can lead to the abuse of drugs and alcohol. Symptoms may show in your daily life. You begin to notice changes in emotions, behaviors and even your finances begin to suffer.
Emotional changes definitely have a mental aspect. It causes you to worry about things we can’t control. Emotions have a way of distorting the situation. You can be vulnerable to distortion.
Your view can become pessimistic. Your focus on negativity is now heightened and you have expectations of failure.
In this case, it’s best to find things that can help you relax and refocus. I find that prayer and meditation work well. You may need a massage, a warm bath, or soft music. Whatever it is, make yourself a priority.
Emotional changes don’t have to be a bad thing. It can alert you that something is out of balance in your life. Feelings of anxiety, depression, and hopelessness can force you to make changes in your life. The goal is to learn, grow, and/or find a solution to stressful obstacles.
Also, consistent with stress are changes in behaviors. Behavioral changes tend to manifest differently.
For example, you may not notice that you are tired because of stress and not the extra shift at work. Or, maybe you have been losing weight rapidly. Another example is pulling away from friends. You say ‘No’ to an outing with friends. Social situations aren’t as fun as they once were.
So be cautious when you notice changes to your diet, sleep patterns, social activities, and even your skin will show signs of stress.
The fact of the matter is behavioral changes can reveal themselves as physical changes to the body. Again, pay attention!
Now finances are a very delicate subject to talk about. It’s never comfortable talking about how much income we earn. And, even less comfortable talking about what we spend.
However, spending habits can show signs of stress. Some people use food to relieve stress but some people have poor spending habits caused by stress.
Financial changes leave you open to debt and poor credit. It can contribute to mental and physical stress.
Feeling overwhelmed by financial changes may affect important relationships. Effects of financial changes may be hard to get under control. However, once you recognize the negative habits, begin to change them one at a time.
Financial Stress Test Questionnaire
Keep in mind, stress is the response to internal and external stimuli in our environment.
Stress has negative effects on your body and mind. However, stress isn’t always bad. It can be helpful in some ways
Remember when you become stressed the body and mind will alert you. Some immediate issue you can look for are;
- Extreme changes to eating habits
- Poor spending habits (debt)
- Breakouts on Skin
- Overwhelming sadness and depression
- Low energy
- Mood swings
- Reluctant to socialize
- Rapid heartbeat
Physical and mental stress can be overwhelming. Effects of stress can be harmful and deadly. When you have stressed it causes disease. It also causes mental issues and other instabilities.
Don’t be afraid to seek help to deal with your stress. Self-care is a priority for de-stressing. Do something special for yourself. Remind yourself you are doing a great job. You deserve a little relaxation. Reach out!
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