Stress is our body’s response to pressure.
Many different situations or life events can cause stress.
It is often triggered when we experience something new, unexpected or that threatens our sense of self, or when we feel we have little control over a situation.
We all deal with stress differently.
It can suppress your immune system, upset your digestive and reproductive systems, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, and speed up the aging process. It can even rewire the brain, leaving you more vulnerable to anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems.
Stress isn’t a psychiatric diagnosis, but it’s closely linked to your mental health in two important ways:
Stress can cause mental health problems, and make existing problems worse.
For example, if you often struggle to manage feelings of stress, you might develop a mental health problem like anxiety or depression.
Stress can disrupt synapse regulation of our brain, resulting in the loss of sociability and the avoidance of interactions with others.
Stress can kill brain cells and even reduce the size of the brain.
Chronic stress has a shrinking effect on the prefrontal cortex, the area of the brain responsible for memory and learning.
Signs and symptoms of emotional stress:
-Heaviness in your chest, increased heart rate or chest pain
-Shoulder, neck or back pain; general body aches and pains
-Grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw
-Shortness of breath
-Feeling tired, anxious, depressed
How I can stop Stress?
-Eat and drink to optimize your health
-Stop using tobacco and nicotine products
-Study and practice relaxation techniques
-Reduce triggers of stress
-Examine your values and live by them
-Set realistic goals and expectations
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