Short-term stress has effects on almost every part of the body. Here are some common examples:
• The release of chemicals during the fight-or-flight response causes blood vessels in your brain to swell. The result: chronic tension headaches and migraines.
• Chronic stress suppresses the immune system, which makes it easier for you to get sick. Do you tend to cough and sneeze a lot when you’ve had a stressful week at work or school?
This may be why
• The chemicals released in your body during fight-or-flight trigger the sebaceous glands on your skin to produce more oil, leading to clogged pores and pimples.
Stress affects everyone differently. Some people have an intense response, while others may be only slightly affected. Research shows that people who experience higher levels of stress tend to experience more of these symptoms. Of course, this doesn’t mean that stress is necessarily causing all of your symptoms; but it’s a pretty good bet that if you’re under a lot of stress, this has something to do with it. And if you reduce your stress, you might find that you have fewer medical complaints. [Read more…] about How Is Stress Affecting Your Body?