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Stress and Anxiety


Did you know that more than 43percent of adults suffer from negative health effects related to stress?





What is Stress ?

Stress is a normal part of life. In small quantities, stress is good -- it can motivate you and help you be more productive.

However, too much stress, or a strong response to stress, is harmful. It can set you up for general poor health as well as specific physical or psychological illnesses like infection, heart disease, or depression. Persistent and unrelenting stress often leads to anxiety and unhealthy behaviors like overeating and abuse of alcohol or drugs.

Stress is your body's reaction to internal and external demands placed upon it. Stress is caused by any number of scenarios, such as an approaching work deadline, money management issues or giving a public speech. The result of these demands creates physical, psychological and emotional strain that, over time, can have negative effects on your body.


Physical Effects of Stress :

Without proper stress relief, the excessive adrenaline and cortisol manufactured by the body during stressful conditions can adversely affect numerous autonomic nervous functions. Some physical effects of stress include:

  • Slowed digestion
  • Increased heart rate
  • Headaches
  • Skin conditions
  • Arthritis
  • Asthma

    Emotional Effects of Stress :

    Eventually, the physical effects of stress will negatively inhibit mood. Some common emotional effects associated with chronic stress include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Paranoia

    Positive Stress Vs. Negative Stress

    While stress is most often considered a negative, the truth is that short-term stress can often be beneficial. For example, students taking a difficult test can benefit from the heightened level of alertness that stress impresses upon the body. However, the longer the stress lingers, the more likely you are to experience negative side effects. A heightened state of awareness is excellent for short stints but can be detrimental to long-term health. Therefore, individuals who are constantly bombarded with stressful situations, with no breaks in-between for rest and relaxation, will often become dragged down by the constant feeling of "being on edge."


    Managing the Effects of Stress

    All stress is triggered by an event or episode. Once the negative emotions are released, the event or situation will not trigger you any longer.

    By releasing the negative emotions from your body's energetic system, your body will naturally relax. Your thinking will become clearer, you will be more calm and centered.


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