Standing backstage, waiting for the announcer to announce your name and feeling the trickle of sweat running down your spine will surely send the hypothalamus in your brain to send the signal of releasing the stress hormone in your body.
Feeling stressed and nervous in situations like these is very normal. However, when you are put under these circumstances daily in your life, it can put your physical as well as mental health at risk.
Believe it or not, a small amount of stress is healthy for your body, because it helps you to deal with serious life situations. It might also help you to pump your body and mind to attain better results and reach goals faster.
However, when stress hormones are released in larger numbers in your body, it triggers a ‘fight or flight’ response, which if left unchecked can put your health at risk.
When these elevated stress levels continue to stay like that for a longer period of time, it can affect your overall well-being, making you susceptible to anxiety, headaches, insomnia, depression and restlessness.
This article entails the negative impact of stress on your body which can prove detrimental to your survival.
The negative impact of stress on your body: 7 visible signs:
1. Negative impact on respiratory and cardiovascular systems:
When you are under a lot of stress, you often breathe faster in order to ensure the proper circulation of oxygen throughout your body. However, this can strain your respiratory and cardiovascular systems. In addition, if you’re already suffering through certain problems such as asthma or emphysema, being stressed will be perilous for you.
Apart from this, being stressed can put your heart at risk. When you feel stressed, your blood vessels get constructed in order to supply more oxygen to your muscles. This increases the chance of blood pressure, which in turn increases the risk of suffering from a stroke or heart attack.
2. Immune system:
As mentioned earlier, a small amount of stress can prove healthy for your body and mind. One of the ways it does so is by stimulating the immune system that can help in several situations including healing infections and wounds.
Be that as it may, if the stress levels in your body are elevated and they continue to stay like that for a significant period of time, your immune system will certainly be weakened. As a result, your body will not be able to stay enough to fight the foreign germs or particles.
You might have observed that people who always stay stressed often suffer from flu, common cold and other mild infections more easily than others. Not only that, but they also take a longer time than others to recover from such infections.
Therefore, it is very necessary to regulate the stress levels in your body, regardless of how important the event, situation or person is. Prioritize your body and mind.
3. Negative impact on your cognitive abilities:
Stress can significantly impact your central nervous system, which as mentioned earlier, is in control of your ‘fight or flight’ response. When you face a particular situation that is uncertain or intimidating, the hypothalamus in your brain sends a signal to release the stress hormones in your body, which are adrenaline and cortisol.
When these hormones are released, your heart is pumped up, you feel the sensation of blood rushing throughout your body and making you sweat bullets.
Under normal circumstances, when you have passed through the situation, you feel normal because the hypothalamus sends a signal to your body to go back to normal. However, in cases when your cognitive abilities which are controlled by the central nervous system have failed, then your response will continue.
In such cases, you’ll continue to feel stressed even when you have passed through the situation successfully. Put under extreme stress, you will start to consume a lot of food, consume alcohol, indulge in substance abuse and even suffer from social withdrawal.
4. Muscular system:
Getting tensed up muscles is one of the most common and visible negative impact of stress on the body. When you have to face a stressful situation, your muscles often tense up in order to protect themselves from any sort of injury.
Under normal circumstances, when the situation has been faced, your muscles will become more relaxed. However, if your stress levels continue to stay at the elevated level in your body, your muscles will also constantly face tension.
This tension will then lead up to headaches, body aches, shoulder pain, anxiety, back pain, etc. When the stress levels in your body are left unchecked, then this routine becomes extremely unhealthy for your body, where your body is entirely dependent on medications for relief.
5. Affects sexuality and fertility:
Were you ever turned on by your partner an hour or two earlier before your performance, meeting or presentation? No, right?
When you are stressed, your mind and body are under constant activity which makes them extremely exhausting. Under such circumstances, it’s insurmountable to induce libido.
Although your body may produce more testosterone under stress, it doesn’t last for long. If the levels continue to stay elevated, the testosterone levels in men start to drop significantly. As a result, the production of sperms is reduced and there is a spike in various erectile dysfunctionalities which can make a man impotent.
6. Digestive system:
Did you know that chronic stress can actually make you more susceptible to type 2 diabetes? When you are under constant stress and pressure, your liver produces glucose in an amount that your body cannot handle or store. And y’all know what happens to your body due to the redundant production of sugar.
In addition to this, due to the increased palpitations in your body and increased breathing processes, your body will not be able to digest the food properly which can result in more acid reflux and heartburn.
Being stressed can make you more susceptible to problems like nausea, stomachache and vomiting.
These are some of the negative impact of stress on your body which, if left unchecked, can prove to be detrimental to your survival. So, the next time you face any stressful situations, make sure that you take a deep breath and practice mindfulness.
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