How Are Stress and Health Connected
We all experience short-term stress at one point or another during the day, whether due to an important meeting, the tribulations of traffic, or simply the frenzy of family. But long-term stress can turn a healthy and protective physical response into chronic fatigue.
How Are Stress and Health Connected?
Chronic stress and poor stress management can have serious effects on the body, and vice versa. When your body is constantly in the mode of “fight or flight”, the stress alters normal physiological functions and can lead to disruptions in sleep, poor cardiovascular activity, changes in the digestive system, and mediocre operation of the body’s immune response. Conversely, poor diet, lack of exercise, and insufficient hydration can add unwelcome stress to your mind and mood as well.
While the effects of stress on the body can be harmful when experienced over long periods of time there are simple ways to relieve those effects. Taking positive steps to take care of your physical and mental self, along with practicing a few skills to help manage stressful situations will lead to feelings of wellbeing and more relaxation and happiness. (Something we can always use a bit more of!)