Stress can be a good thing. When you feel it in short bursts it can help you to handle emergencies and cope with crises. However, the current economy creates chronic stress symptoms for some people and these can be dangerous for the body. Stress can adversely affect the body when it’s felt over a long period of time.
Your body reacts the same to psychological stress as it does to physical stress. So whether you’re suffering from a traumatic injury or dealing with the current economy, your body will handle stress the same way. And the body isn’t really prepared to deal with stress on a long-term basis. That’s when stress can become a health problem – and can even become deadly.
If you suffer from chronic stress, you can have several kinds of problems. For example, you could suffer from chronic pain like headaches, backaches, and even joint pain. You may also discover that you have difficulty sleeping at night.
When all you want is a good night’s sleep you end up tossing and turning. If you’ve noticed that you’re putting on a few extra pounds, stress may also be the culprit. Stress hormones cause the body to store more fat in the midsection and people often react to stress by eating more calories.
For some people stress manifests physically in the form of skin conditions such as eczema or hives. If you’re breaking out and can’t figure out why, stress may be to blame. You may also be having problems with diarrhea, constipation, or even just indigestion.
Stress can cause these symptoms as well. More seriously, chronic stress can cause autoimmune problems such as chronic fatigue syndrome. It can also lead to increased blood pressure and heart disease.
Finally, depression may result from chronic stress. You may find that you feel hopeless or helpless. These feelings mean that something is wrong and you may need some professional help.
The current economy creates chronic stress symptoms for many people. It’s important to recognize that you’re not alone. There’s help available to reduce your stress levels and improve your health.
You may feel relief by simply talking to a friend. But in more moderate to severe cases it will be important for you to talk to a professional. The longer you go without addressing your stress, the more likely you’ll be to suffer long-term health problems. You need to do your best to stop stress in its tracks.
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