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Is Stress Hurting Your Health?

Is stress getting the best of your health?

While some of us might think stress only affects our mood, our team at AFC Urgent Care Chelmsford wants you to know that if not treated, stress can actually start to affect your overall health.

What Is Stress?

When your body senses a threat or a high demand, it reacts to that in a defensive way—even if the “threat” isn't actually real.

This is also known as “fight or flight,” where your body is reacting in a stressed way, which is your body’s way of protecting you from danger.

Symptoms of Stress

  • Memory problems
  • Anxiety
  • Aches and pains
  • Constant worry
  • Constipation
  • Insomnia

How Does Stress Affect Your Health?

Stress can affect more than just your mood. Too much stress, particularly when experienced all the time, can contribute to a number of health issues, including an increased risk of developing high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.

Fortunately, while stress can wreak havoc on our health, there are many steps you can take to manage your stress and lessen the dangerous effects.

Ways to Better Manage Your Stress

  • Avoid caffeine.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Meditate.
  • Keep a journal.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Get plenty of quality sleep.
  • Find a support system.

Is stress getting the best of your health? Stop by AFC Urgent Care Chelmsford today for a medical evaluation!