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Effects Of Prolong Stress

Effects Of Prolong Stress on the Body

What is stress?

Stress is the body’s reaction to harmful situations whether they’re real or perceived. When you feel threatened, chemical reaction occurs in your body that allows you to act in a way to prevent injury. This reaction is known as “fight-or flight”, or the stress response. During stress your heart rate increases, breathing quickens, muscles tighten and blood pressure rises.

Prolong stress may cause disease on body such as

Skin Problems

Sometimes, people suffering from stress will develop breakout of acne. Stress can also trigger flare-ups of existing skin problems like Psoriasis.

Trouble Sleeping 

People who suffer from chronic stress will often lie awake late at night and think about what is stressing them out, making it difficult to fall asleep. This can have negative impact on the amount and quality of sleep. Sleep is the body’s time for recovery. If you don’t get enough sleep and your sleep is low quality, your body will not recover properly.

Memory Problems

Stress mainly effects short-term memory recall, but it can also impact long-term memory.

Lack of Concentration

Thoughts tend to rapidly jump from one to the next. It can be difficult to concentrate on the task at hand because of intrusive thoughts related to stress.


If you are feeling overwhelmed, don’t hesitate to reach out to the National Suicide Lifeline.

Digestive Problems

Contrary to popular beliefs, stress does not cause stomach ulcers; it can make them worse however, stress can cause other digestive problems and impact which nutrients are absorbed during digestion. Overeating brought on by stress can damage the stomach and intestines.

Beliefs as Stress coping strategies

Religious faith seems to play an important role in coping strategies of radiotherapy patients.

  • One of the most common ways that people cope with Trauma is through the comfort found in religious or spiritual practices.
  • Individuals who use positive religious coping are likely to seek spiritual support and look for meaning in a traumatic situation.
  • Negative religious coping expresses conflict, question, and doubt regarding issues of God and faith.
  • Some common experiences where people use religious coping are fear-inflicting events such as:
  1. The holocaust
  2. Death and sickness
  3. Near death experiences.
  4. Research also shows that people also use religious coping to deal with everyday stressors in addition to life changing traumas.
  5. Religion is more than a defense mechanism as it was viewed by Sigmund Freud. Rather than inspiring denial, religion stimulates reinterpretations of negative events through the sacred lens.

Effective ways to manage and reduce stress

  1. Always manage your time more effectively, a poorly manage time will make you feel you have a lot at hand leading to mental stress.
  2. Set limits appropriately for every task and make it as a policy to say no to requests that would create excessive stress in your life.
  3. Make time for hobbies and other social interests.
  4. Stay away from alcohol, drugs, or compulsive behaviors to reduce stress. Drugs and alcohol can greatly contribute stress your body even more.
  5. Exercise regularly, sometimes just 20 minutes physical exercise can help combat stress and improve sleep. You could go running for few meters distance or do rope jumping, there are several less energy taking sporting activity to help.
  6. Go for a Massage therapy that involves manipulating soft tissues it has proven to be very effective to relieve tension in the neck, back, and shoulders caused by stress.
  7. Music Therapy. Try dancing your favorite music or even just listening to music for 15 minutes a day can help in the reduction of stress and anxiety.
  8. Do not spend too much time one social media sites

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