We all experience stress; it is normal to go through it, but how we handle our stress can play a significant role in our health. So how does stress affect our bodies? Stress can negatively affect our bodies both mentally and physically. When stress is not managed well, it can cause more severe issues to occur.

Statistics on Stress in Americans

According to The American Institute of Stress: 77% of Americans experience stress that affects their physical health, 73% of Americans have stress that impacts their mental health, AND 48% percent of Americans have trouble sleeping at night due to stress. Those numbers are HUGE! So what can you do?

The first step in dealing with stress is determining the factors causing it.

What Triggers Stress?

Man experiencing the effects of stress on the body.

The Emotional Effects

Stress can trigger several emotional responses like anxiety, depression, and panic attacks. We often stress about things that have not even happened yet. When we do this, we are almost putting ourselves through the stressor twice; even when we do not know for a fact, this situation will end up as stressful as we may think.

The Physical Effects of Stress

A constant state of stress can become very unhealthy for anyone dealing with it. Stress physically presents itself in the form of headaches, fatigue, chest pains, high blood pressure, low sex drive, stomach and dietary concerns, and issues sleeping at night. When your body deals with these issues regularly, it can cause more serious problems to arise in the future. That is why it is so important we learn how to manage our stressors.

The Impact of Stress

We all know stress is a normal part of life, but when it is not properly dealt with and it becomes more long-term these signs and symptoms can turn into more serious conditions. Long-term, unmanaged stress can turn into a number of serious conditions, including:

This is just to name a few. We cannot “stress” enough the importance of properly handling our stress. We understand that it may be easier said than done, but it is something we should all be actively working towards. 

Woman feeling the effects of stress on her body

Stress is perceived differently by everyone. Some of the most common stressors are:

Ways to Reduce Stress

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The Effects of Stress and Your Hormones

Hormones play a big part in our health and well-being. Hormones regulate:

When we are consistently under stress this can have an negative effect on our hormone production. If our hormones become off-balance it can cause several of the issues we have discussed in the above paragraphs to occur. Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) can help to re-balance your hormones to help alleviate the negative effects of stress. HRT is know to:

If you are interested in learning how HRT can help you better manage your stress, give Compass Cellular Healing in Nashville, TN a call at 615-307-7246 or fill out our contact form.

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