Stress has been found to be a major factor in some of the most chronic diseases such as hypertension, stroke and cardiac arrest. Oftentimes, a person under a high level of stress can experience lowered immunity against infections and further lead to other more serious medical conditions.
During very stressful situations, the brain increases its production of chemical elements such as epinephrine, norepinephrine and dopamine which can all affect the body's normal processes. Extreme levels of these chemicals in the brain can contribute to elevations in blood pressure, increased heart beats, rapid cell reproduction and weakening of the body's immune system.
Stress can also cause the digestive process to be disrupted, as the stomach releases more acid due to the increase in anxiety that usually companies pressure. If stress levels are not deleted to a minimum, ulcers and other digestive issues may occur. Sometimes, a person may also experience irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), where irregularities in the bowel movement may result.
It is not uncommon also for people who undergo a lot of stress to have problems sleeping. This may further increase the person's susceptibility to diseases, as the body does not get the amount of sleep it needs for regular functioning.
High levels of stress can also affect the normal functioning of the brain. There may be difficulties in one's ability to focus, to reason and to conduct ordinary, daily tasks due to stress. It may also lead to anxiety and panic attacks and can also result in depression. In very worst cases, depression can even lead to thoughts of suicide.
Another effect of stress is rapid hair loss. People who are often subjected to stress may find themselves losing hair faster than before.
With all the adverse effects of stress, it is imperative then, that you learn how to manage stress on a daily basis. Do not let stress affect your life so much, that you are unable to function properly. If you feel that the stress factors are getting too much for you to carry, and you have too many responsibilities to take care of ,. analyze the areas in your life that you can give up on. Learn to prioritize, and learn to say 'no'.
Do not take stress lightly. Seek the advice of a qualified doctor or therapist who may suggest ways on how you can effectively reduce stress and live a happier, more fulfilled life.
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