There are numerous effects of stress. Unfortunately, most of these effects are negative. Do you feel like you are suffering from extreme stress? How are you dealing with it? Stress can be easily managed in the initial stages. If left not dealt with, the symptoms of stress will keep getting worse. Below are the effects of prolonged stress.
1. Stroke and Heart Disease
Stress affects a person’s heart and circulatory system. It leads to an increase of the heartbeat and also causes restriction of the arteries. Over time, it can cause cardiac occurrences such as heart attack.
2. Skin Diseases
There are many causes of skin diseases including heredity, chemical exposure and UV exposure. Stress can also bring about skin diseases such as hives, psoriasis and eczema.
3. Gastrointestinal Disorders
Minor stress can bring about lowered metabolism, constipation, stomach discomfort, diarrhea and nausea. On the other hand, prolonged stress can cause disorders such as ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel diseases.
4. Immune System Infections
5. Muscle Problems
Prolonged stress leads to constant tension in the muscles. This can in turn lead to shoulder problems, neck problems and lower back pain. For people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, stress can make it get worse.
6. Problems with Reproductive Organs
Too much stress can bring about erection problems, problems during pregnancy, painful menstrual periods and low fertility
7. Lung Problems
Stress can worsen symptoms associated to chronic obstructive, pulmonary diseases and asthma.
8. Periodontal Diseases
Periodontal diseases are not directly caused by stress. Instead, they can be brought about by the unhealthy habits caused by stress. Some of these habits include alcoholism, and smoking.
9. Sleep Problems
This is one of the most common effects of stress. This comes from worrying too much about one’s problems to the extent that the mind cannot relax to the extent of sleeping. The fact that you stay awake at night leads to even more stress on your mind and body.
10. Weight Problems
Stress disrupts a person’s eating habits. People respond differently to stress; some overeat and some under-eat. Constant overeating can lead to extreme weight gain while not eating too little will result in extreme weight loss. Furthermore, some people when stressed develop eating disorders like bulimia and anorexia which can lead to excessive loss of weight.
11. Emotional Effects of Stress
There are different emotional effects of stress. These vary from one person to another. Some of the emotional effects of stress include:
Being unable to deal with small problems
Feeling tired all the time
Imagining that there are bad things that are either happening or almost happening
Too much stress will rob you of the ability to enjoy life. The negative effects of stress lower the quality of life. Therefore, it is important to get into a stress management program which will teach you how to manage your stress effectively.