You’re stuck in traffic and the cars in front of you don’t seem to be moving at all. You look at your watch and realize you’re late for the important work meeting! Your heart pounds in your chest and your breathing quickens.
That’s your brain’s cue. Enter: Stress hormones.
Stress is good if it’s in small doses because it can help you perform well under pressure, but it can become a problem for your body when stress hormones are released in large quantities—eventually taking a toll on your physical and mental health.
Here are a few ways stress affects your body.
It affects your cardiovascular and respiratory system
Stress can make it harder for you to breathe. When stress hormones are released in your system, you respond by breathing quickly to deliver oxygen to all organs of your body. This can result in breathing problems, especially if you have emphysema or asthma.
In addition to that, when you breathe quickly, the heart is under a lot of pressure to pump blood faster. This adds extra strain on your heart and can result in higher blood pressure.
Your muscles tense up
If you get sore muscles after a long, stressful day at work, even though all you did was sit comfortably in your chair, it means that stress has taken a toll on your body’s muscular system.
Our muscles tense up under stress and once the stress hormones go away, the muscles relax to return to their normal functions. However, if you’re stressed often, your muscles will be contracted at all times, which can result in mobility problems, joint pain, shoulder pain, and headaches.
It affects digestion
When you’re stressed, your liver starts producing extra sugar to give your body a boost of energy for improved functions. While that may be good in a short moment, recurring production of glucose renders your body incapable of keeping up with the extra production, hence, increasing your risk of developing diabetes.
Other than that, the rush of stress hormones in your body can upset your stomach and digestive system. People who experience stress often have digestive problems such as acid reflux and heartburn. It can also lead to constipation or diarrhea.
It impacts your libido
Stress is one of the main causes of performance anxiety. Since stress is exhausting for the mind and the body, people who have chronic stress often find that their libido and sexual desireatan all-time low. This also affects the function of the reproductive system, in both men and women.
For women, stress can affect the menstrual cycle leading to irregular, painful or heavy periods. For men, stress can interfere with sperm production and, in severe cases, can also lead to impotence and erectile dysfunction.
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