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Knowing the Effects of Stress on Your Overall Health

Strange enough, your day often turns from bad to worse. For some reason, nothing seems to go right for you, which makes you feel frustrated and completely distressed. Situations such as these are sure to make you feel stressed out. And, when the mental and emotional pressure becomes too much to bear, your body absorbs the blow and then manifests through a wide range of health complications. Which areas of your body gets the most beating?

Immune System – Chronic stress can affect your capacity to ward off infections. If you catch a cold or flu, the symptoms are guaranteed to escalate. Imagine what could happen to you if you have AIDS. It is also bad news for people carrying herpes virus as they can become more susceptible to viral activation.

Heart – Anxiety is highly associated with high blood pressure, arrhythmia (abnormal heartbeat), coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), and heart failure.

Lungs – Symptoms of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is known to worsen when you are having a really bad day. So, if you are already suffering from either ailment, it is best that you keep your emotions and thoughts under control.

Aside from these, stress also has psychological effects. As normal levels of serotonin (brain chemicals vital for feelings of well-being and happiness) are disrupted, you will experience depression and discontentment. At this stage, any relationship you have will definitely be threatened. For these reasons, you must learn how to manage your frustrations and anxieties with the help of a professional. Do not let pressure get the better of you, fight it now!