What Stress Does to Your Body


Stress is an essential component for the balance in life. We all need a certain amount of stress but too much is a disaster. How we manage the stress is the important part. Some people thrive on stress they seem to work better and others their wheels come off. We don’t always recognise what it is doing to our bodies, because if it is continuous one may become complacent and accept it to be normal.

Let’s look at what it does to the body. When you are in a stressful situation all the muscles, and body systems go into a spasm. This means that the heart has to pump even harder to get the blood around the body. The same goes for the intestines, the peristalsis movement stops and you may become constipated. (This is another subject all on its own.) Let’s say you are the type of person that enjoys stress, you work at your best, under these conditions. What you are doing is using the adrenalin and a hormone cortisol is released, causing the body to become toxic.

Over a long period, your own adrenalin becomes depleted and the toxins start making you ill. It’s the body’s way of saying I have had enough. Our emotions cause a lot of our illnesses as research has shown. One does not realize how stress and tension affects all the internal organs of the body see the list below.

Emotional feelings Body Part

Anger at Self Liver

Bitterness Gall Bladder

Sweetness taken away Pancreas

Resentment/hatred Stomach

Fed up about Relationships Bladder/kidneys

Fear Chest/lungs

Self-dislike Lungs/heart

Guilt, lack of nurturing Breast

Confusion Upper Back

Unable to express inner Feelings Mid Back

Insecurity Lower Back

Anxiety Stomach

Anger at other Intestines

Lack of support Lower Back/Hips

As a result of the above the body becomes out of balance now add stress and tension and this could lead to depression.

Some of the Causes

1. Not being able to say NO

2. Working overtime constantly

3. Working to deadlines

4. Being a single parent

5. Lack of proper nutrition and supplements

6. Over eating or not eating at all

7. Workaholics

8. Repeated negative thoughts

9. Not in the right job

10. To much responsibility

11. Financial problems

12. Marital problems

Physical symptoms

1. Muscle tension

2. Lower back pain

3. Neck and shoulder pain

4. Pain in the neck and shoulders

5. Stomach, IBS (Irritable Bowl syndrome)

6. Diarrhoea

7. Insomnia

8. Shortness of breath (forgetting to breath)

9. Very sore feet

10. Chest pain

11. Heart problems

12. Headaches/Migraines

How to Overcome and Manage the Stress and Tension

There are many ways to deal with Stress without taking any drugs. Examples are:

1. Exercise by joining a Gym

2. Having a hobby

3. Taking walks

4. Massage

5. Reflexology

6. Yoga

7. Playing sport

8. Listening to relaxing music

9. Meditation

10. Nutrition eating a well balanced diet

11. Supplements, vitamins and minerals

These are a few ideas of how to cope with stress in today hectic life. Why wait for you body to go into total exhaustion or burnout mode.

Source by Pat Bosman

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