Stress - What is it
Chronic stress is a type of stress that persists for a long time.
Stress is a normal part of our lives; however, it should only be
temporary. Stress is produced as a consequence of the fight or flight
response so it should appear only in certain situations for a short
period of time. The chemicals released during stress are very strong
and the human body shouldn’t be exposed to them for too long. The main
problem is that society has evolved in such a way that experiencing
stressful situations for a long time seems very normal. Living day by
day under continuous stress can be quite damaging
for your health.
The effect of stress in our bodies, when is chronic, should not be
underestimated. You probably have faced many scary situations in your
life for example like almost hitting another car. In that moment your
heartbeat skyrocket and your blood pressure rise to levels never
experienced before in your entire life. This feeling is known as normal
or temporary stress.
Now imagine having the same feeling every time you go to work or
anytime you forget to do something you should had done. Your body is
not designed to suffer such strain for so long. The result is your
blood pressure remains high for too long and damage your blood vessels.
If your arteries are too damaged they can get clogged easily resulting
in a heart attack or stroke.
Your immune system loses some of its
capacity to fight infections and common illnesses like colds will
affect you more easily. Cancer is another condition that affects people
that are under chronic stress. Your ability to concentrate and perform
certain tasks is also affected by it on a long term.
You must remember that you do not have to live under constant stress.
There are several methods that you can use to ease your mind. Believe
it or not eating a healthier diet can help you to feel better.
Listening to music has been proven to be very relaxing. Classical or
instrumental music have a tranquilizing effect on the mind. Exercise
can help too by balancing the neurotransmitters in the brain that
affects your mood.
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