In today’s fast-paced, demanding society it can be easy to feel stressed. Juggling work, family, and other commitments can leave us feeling as though we are being pulled in too many different directions at once. Unsurprisingly, such pressures can have a detrimental impact on health and wellbeing.
Stress can affect the body in a number of ways – it’s important to recognize the warning signs so that you know when you are at risk of stress-related health problems and how to combat such issues.
Be sure to take a step back from the rat race, listen to your body, and respond to its needs. You’ll thank yourself in the long run!
Stress Can Affect Your Immune System
Anyone suffering from a bout of stress may find that they quite easily catch a cold or flu. This is because stress stimulates the immune system, which in turn weakens your hormones. Those suffering from chronic stress may also find that it takes them a lot longer to get over an illness or an injury.
In order to reduce stress, it’s important to make time to wind-down and relax whether that’s in the evening after the children have gone to bed or early in the morning when you aren’t battling to do lists and chores.
‘Me time’ is frequently cited as a necessary competent of a stress free existence, so why not light some candles, run a hot bath, and unwind some of our all natural bath products?
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Stress Can Cause Heartburn And Acid Reflux
The rush of hormones and your increased heart rate caused by stress can affect your digestive system which in turn, may lead to acid reflux. Acid reflux can be as simple as unpleasant heartburn or lead to more serious health issues if it occurs often.
Another good way to alleviate the symptoms of stress is to engage in psychical activity. It has been said that half an hour is the optimum amount of time you should spend daily exercising, so join a class or just head out for a brisk walk. While exercise alone will not get rid of your stress entirely, it’s a good excuse to do something active and take your mind off whatever it is that is troubling you.
It Can Affect Your Reproductive System
Stress is exhausting both mentally and physically and it’s not uncommon to lose your desire when you’re feeling under a lot of pressure. Persistent stress may cause a man’s testosterone levels to drop, which can interfere with sperm production. For women, it can lead to more heavier, irregular and painful periods.
Setting goals outside of work will help to build your confidence because you can see yourself working towards achieving something. Increased confidence will make you feel less stressed and much more in control. Why not try learning a new language or taking a cooking class? It will be sure to give you a sense of accomplishment!