Will Feeling Stressed Affect My Health?
Eventually, yes. It's no secret that feeling stressed can affect how you think and behave, but it can also affect how you physically feel. Chronic stress can also be linked to many mental health issues and can cause problems with the menstrual cycle for women.
Our team at AFC Urgent Care Centennial is here to help you learn more about the effects of stress and how to manage it.
What Exactly Is Stress?
Stress is your body's reaction to all types of harmful situations—real or perceived, physical or mental.
When you feel threatened, a chemical reaction known as “fight-or-flight” occurs in your body that allows you to act in a way to prevent injury. During this response, your heart rate increases, breathing quickens, muscles tighten and blood pressure rises. Too much of this response can lead to many different physical effects, which we've listed below.
Physical Effects of Too Much Stress
- Low energy
- Headaches and body aches
- Chronic illness
- Upset stomach and digestive issues
- Cognitive, behavioral and emotional problems
Will Constant Stress Affect My Mental Health?
Definitely. Constant stress is bound to affect your mental health even more so than your physical health.
Studies show that around 50% of Americans admit to feeling stressed, and feelings of chronic stress can lead to behavioral and cognitive issues if they aren't taken care of. If you constantly feel stressed and feel like it is affecting your mood, don't hesitate to talk to someone about it in addition to practicing one of the below-mentioned stress reducers to keep yourself mentally healthy.
Ways to Feel Less Stressed
- Exercise. Exercising benefits your physical and mental health.
- Reduce your caffeine intake. Caffeine is beneficial when you need an energy boost, but too much caffeine can make you feel dehydrated and can increase your heart rate.
- Read more and spend less time on phones or watching television. Reading can be a healthy entertainment alternative.
- Spend time outdoors. Time in nature has been linked to increased feelings of contentment.
- Write down your feelings. Sometimes putting down your thoughts and feelings on paper can help your mind feel more at ease.
Our team at AFC Urgent Care Centennial about your physical and mental well-being. If you have questions about your health and wellness, reach out to our team today!