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What Does Stress Do to a Body?

Is the stress of your job or in other areas of life getting the best of your days? It may not just be affecting your mood—it could also be affecting your health.

That's why our team at AFC Urgent Care Kingsbridge wants to offer some insight into stress, along with ways to improve your ability to manage stress now and in the future. 

How Does Stress Affect the Body?

While stress can definitely take a toll on your mood, stress, particularly chronic stress, can actually impact your entire body. Your physical and mental health can both be affected by stress in negative ways.

Ways Stress Affects the Body

  • Headaches
  • Issues with the gut
  • Insomnia
  • Anxious thoughts
  • Inability to relax

How Can Stress Hurt Health?

Everyone is affected by stress at some level. And in small doses, it can actually be a good thing, keeping us motivated and productive.

But in larger doses, it can lead to an increased risk of many different health conditions, including heart disease and stroke. That's why you need to take steps to prevent and better manage stress.

Ways to Prevent Stress

  • Avoid caffeine.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Get more sleep.
  • Meditate or sit quietly.
  • Write in a journal.
Are you just experiencing symptoms of stress, or is it something more? Visit the AFC Urgent Care Kingsbridge team today to make sure an underlying health condition isn't to blame.