Stress can cause health problems when your mind doesn’t give the “all-clear” sign and your body’s alarms last for far too long. Sound like you? Read on.
Relationship problems, the death of a loved one, moving into a new home—even being late for work. These are all experiences that can lead to feeling anxious, sad or stressed, and it’s important to know that your body’s response to ongoing stress can lead to health problems, that may include:
- Stomach ulcers
- High blood pressure
- Chest pain
- Extreme weight gain or loss
- Back pain
Feeling chronically overwhelmed or sad can also affect your immune system, making you more prone to colds and other infections. Stress can also lead to an increased use of alcohol or drugs, making it even more difficult for you to gain control of your health.
Fortunately, there are ways things you can do right now to feel better, including:
- Expressing yourself
Find support groups, a counselor or a religious advisor who can help.
- Keep some perspective
Acknowledge your challenges and also think about positive things in your life. Writing in a journal may help.
- Calm your mind and body
Practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, meditation and yoga can help you balance your mind and body.
Above all, always talk with your healthcare provider about your emotional health, since it is plays such a key role in your overall health. Together, you can discuss the stress solutions that will fit your needs and help keep you feeling healthy—and strong.