The side effects of stress are not always obvious to others, but they can be just as serious as the physical symptoms of stress, if they are not addressed…
Stress can affect your relationships, your productivity at work and even your ability to function normally.
People under severe stress can behave in ways that just don’t make sense, unless you understand that people under stress can be completely distracted, and unable to think clearly.
Distress is the negative type of stress, the stress that we don’t handle well. Distress is the stress that puts us on “overload”. Most of the time, we simply call it “stress” or “Burn-out”.
Stress Affects Health and Well Being
The effect of stress on health can be startling!If you don’t relieve stress and tension in your life, and it becomes chronic you may see these physical effects of stress on youre body:
Effects of stress on health
- Inability to sleep/Insomnia
- Colds, flu
- Dysfunctional immune system.
- Blurred vision
- Headaches and migraines
- Aching muscles
- Allergies such as hives
- Constipation or Diarrhea
- Digestive problems
- Change in appetite
Stress affects the health of our inner life, as well. Our ability to function mentally and emotionally, under stress, is impaired.
Negative effects of stress on our mental state and emotions
- Obsessive thinking – we keep going over and over a thought.
- Weepiness – feeling low
- Feeling anxious for no particular reason
- Mood swings
- Easily angered
- Inability to “switch off”
- Difficulty in concentrating
- Memory problems
It’s important to use good stress management techniques–so the physical side effects of stress do not become chronic or permanent.
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Does Stress Affect Everyone Equally?
Unfortunately there is no way to predict how stress will affect you, as the physical and mental effects of stress are different for different people. For example:
- Different personality types are more vulnerable to stress.
- People cope with stress differently.
- There are many types of stressors! Each person faces different obstacles in his life. And each person interprets an event differently.
- There are many ways of coping with stress. Some are healthy–some are not.
Because each person has her own set of values and beliefs, her own ways of coping, and her own life events, there is no way to predict what the side effects of stress will be for that person.
On the other hand, learning to use healthy stress management techniques, including changing one’s belief system if necessary, will go a long way toward a healthy, happy lifestyle!