So, now that you know the ins and outs of how stress works, and the different ways it might be affecting you in the near term, let’s examine what’s at stake in the long run – that is, what can happen to you if you don’t address your stress.
With the experience of continuous or repetitive stress over the years, the levels of cortisol and adrenaline in your bloodstream stay high and the impairments in physical, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral functioning become more and more pronounced. The body begins to experience each stressor as an extra burden due to the side effects of the persistently high stress hormones, and irreversible physical damage to the brain and other vital organs (such as the heart and digestive system) sets in. The manifestations could be devastating. [Read more…] about What Could Stress Do to You If You Don’t Help Yourself?