Why You Should Stay Away from Stress at all Costs

Why You Should Stay Away from Stress at all Costs

Typically defined as the way our brain and body respond to any demand, stress is quite a natural phenomenon that all of us experience at some point or the other.  Everyone gets stressed out from time to time and there can be numerous reasons behind it.

It can be routine stress related to work, school, daily responsibilities or perhaps traumatic stress brought about by events like a major accident, death of a loved one, divorce, illness, etc.

Regardless of the reason, one should try to avoid stress and stay away from it at all costs. If the stress response prolongs, it can transform into chronic stress which can adversely affect your health and life in general.

While not all stress is bad as it may help some people and motivate them to prepare and perform better, it is still suggested to live a stress free life, one in which individuals exert their energy in trying to deal with the situation instead of getting all stressed out about it.

Stress takes a major toll on your health

If anything at all, getting stressed out will take a toll not just on your mental health but your biological, physical and emotional health as well. What could possibly be a bigger reason than this to avoid stress and completely ban it from your life?

Your health is the most precious and valuable thing which you should take care of at all costs. Here is how stress can affect you and your health:

Memory problems

Studies conducted on memory have always concluded that there is one major element that can severely affect your ability to remember things and that is stress. The more stressed you are, the greater the chances of your short-term and long-term memories to be adversely affected. Chronic stress has also been positively linked with the occurrence of mental disorders like dementia and Alzheimer’s.

Increases blood pressure

Being under stressful conditions or situations can significantly increase your blood pressure levels temporarily by making your heart beat faster and restricting your blood vessels. However, such temporary stress-related spikes in your blood pressure can easily put you at risk for developing long-term and continuous high blood pressure. Over time, this can also result in serious health problems like heart diseases.

Messes up your digestion

According to Kenneth Koch, a professor of Medicine, stress can affect every part of your digestive system. Because stress usually activates the “flight” or “fight” response in your CNS (central nervous system), the CNS responds by shutting down blood flow to your body parts. As a result, the digestion process can also shut down as the lack of blood flow affects the contractions of your digestive muscles.

Furthermore, your gut is home to very delicate microorganisms and stress can greatly affect their balance in the gut, leading to numerous digestive problems.

Causes adrenal fatigue

Chronic stress can damage the body’s ability to produce stress hormones, Cortisol. This can create an imbalance in the body which, if left unchecked, can lead to inflammation and symptoms like fatigue, low immunity and an inability to handle or manage your stress levels.  

Negatively affects the immune system

Our immune system is typically referred to as the body’s form of defense that protects and shields us from diseases, infections, etc. Stress has a direct and an increasingly negative effect on the immune system where it creates chronic inflammatory conditions and also lowers the immunity of those who generally have a healthy immune system.

Continuous exposure to stress can also lead to a constant deregulation of the immune system, weakening the defense system of the body and making us more vulnerable to autoimmune and infectious diseases.

Psychosomatic problems

Headaches, back pain, chest pain, weight loss, numbness, shortness of breath, muscular tension and all such multiple psychosomatic symptoms have a direct correlation with stress. Since stress severely meddles with your bodily functions, it can often result in these problems which can be quite detrimental for your overall health.

Spikes up blood sugar levels

While you do need increased blood sugar when you are in a flight or fight situation to get the required energy, stress can significantly increase your blood sugar levels where they can spiral out of control.

When you are stressed out, stress hormones like cortisol and epinephrine are also activated that contribute to the high blood sugar levels. Consequently, it puts you at risk of many health complications like kidney problems, nerve damage, blindness, etc.

Elevated levels of blood sugar are also indicative of several cardiovascular diseases like heart attacks and strokes. Additionally, this also makes you more likely to develop Type II Diabetes if your blood sugar keeps swinging out of control.

Results in adverse psychological effects

Prolonged periods of stress can be a contributing factor towards numerous emotional and mental conditions like depression, phobias, panic attacks, anxiety, etc. It can also make you very weak emotionally that may result in uncharacteristic anger, frustration, irritability and annoyance. This, in turn, can negatively affect your personal relationships, giving rise to feelings of insecurity and greatly mess up your mind.

Needless to say, stress management is extremely important for every individual because no one wishes to live a life filled with stress, misery and distress. While these are just a few consequences of stress, the list just keeps going on. One should try to avoid getting stressed out and instead focus their energy on getting rid of the stressor because stressing out does more harm than good.

Additionally, natural treatments like consuming herbal green tea, herbal fruit tea or turmeric tea can work well to relax the mind and have several health benefits such as lowering inflammation in the body and healing depression. Other than that, one can also meditate 10-20 minutes per day which is quite an effective way to eliminate stress.

Regardless of the treatment you choose, your goal should always be to keep stress at bay.

Evie Harrison

Evie Harrison

Freelance Writer
She is a blogger by choice. She loves to discover the world around her. She likes to share her discoveries, experiences and express herself through her blogs.

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