Will COVID-19 Stress Affect My Health?
Unfortunately, yes. Stress, no matter what it's related to, can affect how you feel, think and behave.
Our team at AFC Urgent Care Bronx Webster Ave. is here to provide some information and helpful tips on how to manage stress and make this year better than the last!
What Will Stress Do to My Body?
Among many things, stress increases your heart rate. The consistent and ongoing increase in heart rate and the elevated levels of stress hormones and of blood pressure can take a toll on the body.
Too much stress over a long period of time will eventually cause chronic illness and can worsen other sicknesses that you might be previously dealing with. We've listed some other negatives of too much stress below.
More Negative Effects of Stress
- Can cause headaches and body aches
- Can lead to frequent sickness
- Can cause an upset stomach and digestive issues
- Can cause psychological issues, like depression and anxiety
- Can make you irritable and unhappy
How Can I Make This Year Stress-Free?
Unfortunately, that might be borderline impossible, but there are definitely ways to reduce the amount of stress you will experience. In addition to the suggestions that we've listed below, set boundaries and make sure your family knows where you stand in terms of the coronavirus.
If you choose to adhere to the CDC's recommendations and stay home even with the hope of a vaccine in the near future, make your choice clear and relay it in a kind way. It might be difficult at first, but being confident in your decision is the best way to help your mind feel at ease.
More Ways to Reduce Stress
- Make connection a priority and call or FaceTime your family members and friends. It's not as good as the real thing, but being able to see your loved ones' faces is always a good thing.
- Spend time outdoors if it isn't too cold. Time in nature has been linked to increased feelings of contentment.
- Don't overdo it on the sugar. Too much sugar messes up your natural hormone responses, your blood sugar, insulin levels and your brain’s neurotransmitters, which will ultimately result in feelings of anxiety.
- Get plenty of sleep.
- Limit your time on social media. Those perfect Instagram and Pinterest feeds won’t do anything but cause you to compare your life to people that you probably don't actually care that much about.
Our team at AFC Urgent Care Bronx Webster Ave. wishes you a stress-free new year! If you have questions about your health and wellness, reach out to our team today.