Can Stress Make You Sick?

March 11, 2024

Stress is a part of daily life. Whether you’re a working professional or a Boston college student, stress is inevitable. A healthy amount of stress can help you stay motivated and push you to work hard. Excessive stress however can have damaging effects on your health over time. If you’re constantly feeling stress, it is important to find ways to manage your workload and work-life balance to promote a happy and healthy lifestyle. AFC Urgent Care Back Bay is here to provide same-day health and wellness services in addition to illness diagnosis & treatment available 7 days a week from 8am-8pm. 

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Health Effects of Experiencing Too Much Stress

Feeling stressed happens to everyone. If you’re a working professional, certain seasons can bring excess stress. Meanwhile if you’re a college student, stress tends to build throughout the semester. Your personal life can also be a cause of experiencing stress. Regardless of the cause of your stress, it is important to identify what feeling stressed does to your body and how to recognize when you need to find ways to manage your stress so it does not become overwhelming. 

Stress can be motivating, but it can also completely overwhelm you. This can lead to various mental health challenges including anxiety and depression. Stress can also physically present itself by causing symptoms such as appetite loss, hair loss, upset stomach, trouble sleeping, rashes and more. Stress can also make you sick, because it forces your body into a fight or flight mode. This often compromises your body’s immune system, which can make you more susceptible to developing an illness.  

Ways to Manage Stress in Your Everyday Life

If you’re having trouble regulating the amount of stress in your life, it is important to seek help to ensure that you can live a healthy and balanced life. The first step to understanding whether you should decrease the level of stress in your life is whether you are experiencing any physical or emotional symptoms of being overwhelmed with stress. If you’re constantly sick, having trouble eating, feeling the need to isolate yourself from others and generally not coping well with your work load, you may be overrun with stress.

There are various ways to manage your stress. Being overwhelmed with stress is an unfortunately common occurrence both in a college environment as well as in the workplace. Finding ways to manage your stress levels will help you avoid the physical damage to your body that stress can cause.

Tips for managing stress:

  • Talk to a trusted friend or family member
  • Take time to better organize your workload and make an action plan
  • Take time to understand what is causing your stress and figure out ways you can begin cutting those sources out of your life
  • Remove any triggers, such as over using caffeine
  • Take a break and step back for a day or two to recharge
  • Try to stay active

When to Seek Professional Help for Stress-Related Illness

If you’re experiencing high levels of stress on a regular basis and feel like it may be affecting your physical or mental well being, you should reach out to a professional for help. A common side effect of too much stress is feeling like you’re constantly sick. This can make it difficult to find the energy to recover from high levels of stress and leave you feeling overwhelmed. Reaching out for medical care can help you identify whether you’re actually sick, or suffering from stress related illness. Medical professionals can also evaluate your options in terms of medication use and lifestyle adjustments to help manage your stress levels.

Visit AFC Urgent Care Back Bay for Same-Day Health & Wellness Services

If you’re feeling run down and overwhelmed by stress, AFC Urgent Care Back Bay is here to provide a variety of health and wellness services to both working professionals and college students in Boston. Our clinic is conveniently located in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood, making us a convenient option for students attending Emerson College, Berkeley, Suffolk University, Boston College & Boston University.

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We never require that you schedule an appointment for prompt healthcare. Simply walk into the clinic when it’s convenient for you. Our board-certified medical staff are available to provide health and wellness guidance 7 days a week. We keep our wait times short and accept most medical insurance plans. Walk in today. 

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