Chronic Stress and the bodyRead Now
Stress is a normal part of life. Everyone experiences it from time to time. However, when stress becomes chronic, it can have a negative impact on your physical and mental health.
Chronic stress is defined as stress that lasts for more than six months.
It can be caused by a variety of factors, including work, relationships, finances, and health problems.
When you're stressed, your body releases a number of hormones, including cortisol. Cortisol is known as the "stress hormone" and it can have a number of negative effects on your body, including:
* Increased blood pressure
* Increased heart rate
* Muscle tension
* Difficulty sleeping
* Digestive problems
* Weight gain
* Impaired immune system
* Increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and other health problems
Chronic stress can also lead to mental health problems, such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
If you're experiencing chronic stress, there are a number of things you can do to manage it, including:
It's important to remember that you can't control all of the stressors in your life, but you can control how you react to them. By managing stress, you can improve your physical and mental health and live a happier, healthier life.
Here are some additional tips for managing chronic stress:
If you're struggling to manage chronic stress on your own, don't hesitate to seek professional help. A therapist can teach you coping skills and help you to develop a stress management plan that works for you.
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