Under Pressure: The Effects of Stress on Brain and Body
There is a popular saying that used rubber band as a metaphor for stress. Rubber band can be stretched, pulled and twisted but only to a certain extent. Once it is pulled or stretched beyond its limit, it tends to snap. Now close your eyes and picture a snapping rubber band and use that imagery to think of what stress can do to your health.
Modern living can be stressful at times. Work pressure, hectic schedule, emotional problems, conflicts with family, and an unhealthy lifestyle are some of the contributing factors that create a stressful living environment.
Admittedly, a little stress in life can be healthy; it is a source of motivation, a driving factor as well as a key for survival. However, too much of it can be detrimental to health as it can lead to a weakened immune system, persistent headache, trouble sleeping, upset stomach and back pain.
Emotional symptoms of stress include agitation, restlessness, emotional overwhelm, lack of self-esteem and anxiety.
Physical symptoms of stress are comprised of lethargy, headache, back pain, upset stomach, chest pain, heart palpitations, insomnia, loss of libido, sweaty palms and feet and dry mouth.
Cognitive symptoms of stress encompass paranoia, forgetfulness, confusion, poor decision making ability, pessimism and difficulty concentrating
Behavioral symptoms of stress cover indications such as changes in diet, heightened procrastination, fidgeting, and increased reliance on alcohol, drugs and cigarettes.
Stress is unavoidable in life. The key here is how you manage it. There are plenty of things you can do to handle your stress in life. Learn what activities that work for you in releasing stress.
If you are feeling stressed out in life or are experiencing any of the mentioned symptoms, it is important to talk to a doctor to help you feel better about it.