It is inevitable; everyone gets it even the happiest and the most carefree people on earth can get this sometimes – stress. It is part of growing up because you learn how to think, you learn how to think of problems, you learn to find solutions and so on. A lot of us think that stress only hinders people from sleeping but in fact, there is a deeper and a lot more meaningful thought than just that. Stress can cause effects to our body that we most definitely would not like and in this article, we will be stating 8 major effects of stress on a person’s body.
It stimulates the immune system
Hearing it sounds not so bad, isn’t it? Technically, it is good for short-term but if you will look at it in a longer span of time, it is not really that great. Good for short term because it would help you heal wounds faster, it will help you get rid of infections but over time, it takes over the immune system making you more vulnerable to viral illnesses like fever, influenza, and the common cold.
The Digestive System
Under stress, your liver produces an ample extra amount of blood sugar to aid you have a short boost of energy and unused blood sugar is then reabsorbed by the body. This one’s good if you are active and if you can direct stress to physical activities but being under chronic or extreme stress, your body might not be able to cope with the blood sugar produced by the liver causing you to be susceptible to type 2 diabetes. Aside from this, stress can divert the direction of food inside your body which can cause vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, or constipation.
Yes, your muscular system is also affected when you’re under stress. You may notice that after being drowned in a lot of work, your muscles will release once you have relaxed or taken off. Being under constant stress can make muscles busy all the time and be tensed; not just in your torso but in your head as well. Causing headaches, backaches, stomachaches, and other “common” muscle pains you encounter. You may have had an experience before where you felt working out after being under extreme pressure and stress.
Your Respiratory Tract
Have you ever experienced breathing faster because you are stressing out on something? Well that act is true especially when you are under extreme stress. You tend to breathe faster in order for oxygen to be supplied faster to your body because it is a natural response of your body when under stress. If you have existing respiratory problems like asthma or emphysema, you will feel that it is difficult to breathe.
Being stressed is also one of the main reasons why people have higher blood pressure. If you are stressed, tendency is your heart will pump faster in order to supply blood and oxygen throughout your body fast. Being under stress constantly can make your heart tired and you have higher risk of hypertension and/or problems with your arteries and your heart.
The Menstrual Cycle
Is have their menstruations late, early, even longer than before. I’ve had friends who experienced a total of 13 days bleeding because she is under pressure, stress, and emotional outburst. Ladies can have no menstrual cycle for months if they are under chronic stress or if they do have, they might experience painful periods and heavier flow of blood.
The Reproductive Sector
In both men and women, stress can be correlated to being infertile. Being under a lot of stress can make a man’s testosterone’s level to drop meaning – less sperm production = lesser chance of succeeding with a baby. Serious chronic stress can make a man be infertile.
Probably one of the most impactful effects on the human body is caused by depression through stress. We all know how real depression is and depression can be quoted to be the root cause of all of this. Not being able to eat, not being able to exercise, sleep, drink water, can all be causes of why these symptoms or these effects happen. One way or another, stress is not something you can just play with because eventually it can lead to serious and chronic depression.
Stress is not something that you should ever disregard because it is a serious thing. It is all processed in our brains and our brains are considered to be the center of our body, right? Imagine that center being bombarded with negativity, doubt, hatred, anger, greed, and all things ALL AT THE SAME TIME – how do you think your body would react? Beat stress by being positive; beat stress by eating right, sleeping tight, and thinking bright.