Stress and health are very closely connected, stress also affecting your mood, well-being, and behaviour.
If stress is continuous, particularly affecting older or unhealthy persons, it can damage health.
Stress can be positive, keeping us ready to act and to avoid danger. Stress is negative when you deal with unremitting challenges without any breaks or relaxation between challenges.
Stress that continues without relief can lead to a condition called distress – a negative stress reaction. Distress can cause physical symptoms including chest pain, headaches, stomach aches, elevated blood pressure, and problems sleeping. Research suggests that stress also can worsen certain symptoms or diseases.
When speaking about the correlation between stress and health, gaining weight is one of the major risks that you can face when being stressed out. Stress hormone cortisol may also increase the amount of fat tissue your body hangs onto and enlarge the size of fat cells, thus leading to belly fat. Luckily, exercise can help manage stress and help keep belly fat under control.
Stress can cause hyperarousal, a biological state in which people simply cannot sleep. While major stressful events can cause insomnia that passes once the stress is over, long-term chronic stress can also disrupt sleep and contribute to sleep disorders.
Too much of the stress hormone cortisol can interfere with the brain’s ability to make new memories. During severe long-lasting stress, the hormone also interferes with neurotransmitters (chemicals used by brain cells to communicate with each other). That can also make it hard to retrieve memories.
You can also notice the interconnection between stress and health of your hair. Yes, that`s right! Severe stress may even harm your tresses. Stress is likely to play a role in causing hair loss in the autoimmune condition called alopecia areata.
The normal stresses of everyday life are unlikely to affect a pregnancy, but severe stress can increase the chances of premature labour. Prenatal yoga and other stress-reduction techniques can help; however, if you’re severely stressed and pregnant, it might be better to go see a doctor.
Stress is known to raise blood sugar; if you have type-2 diabetes, your blood sugar is likely to be higher when you are under stress. Changing your diet, exercising more or proper medication can help to keep it under control.