Health Problems Exacerbated By Stress

Unless you are at your peak of health, you need to try and relax.  At the very least, you should take steps to avoid getting stressed out further.  Why?  Well because stress harms your health in more ways than one.  

You probably know that chronic stress by itself is known to contribute to many health issues, but did you also know that even when you’re suffering from something quite minor, such as a common cold, or even a paper cut, a small dose of stress can compound the problem and slow down your recovery rate.

Chronic stress can cause your blood pressure to rise, wreak havoc on your immune system (putting you at risk for more illness), and “age” you faster than normal.  But even short term stress that’s extreme in nature can cause existing health issues to flare up to dangerous or very uncomfortable levels.

For example, someone who suffers from skin conditions such as eczema or hives can see a increase in their break-outs.  And anyone suffering from Candida yeast infections will know that they suffer more at times of stress.  Depression becomes more unmanageable and your prescription drugs become less effective.

Extreme stress can also increase the likelihood that your digestive system won’t work as well, and that you’ll suffer from more severe sleep disorder symptoms if this happens to be an area of concern for you.

And anyone struggling with obesity, or just carrying more weight than they should be, knows only too well just how easily stress causes even more weight gain.  Overweight people need to de-stress to lose weight.  It seems only thin people lose weight when they are stressed.

If you currently have any health conditions, examine how stress may be a contributing factor in your current diagnosis.  What if you could reduce your stress levels substantially?  How would your health improve?  Work to find a solution for your stress today!

Author: SOT


4 thoughts on “Health Problems Exacerbated By Stress”

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  2. Hi Susan,

    I’ve just been away for the weekend and we were talking about this exact subject, how stress can put on weight. We all felt it was about protection.

    Enjoy the journey.


    1. Hi Mandy –

      I agree that a lot of emotional eating may well be to do with unconfronted negative image for whatever reason (probably usuaklly childhood related which is why sugary sweet things reminiscent of childhhood are chosen “comfort” foods).

      But I also think that there is a lot of stress eating due to misplaced needs – I myself tend to snack when I am tired for example but don’t have time to rest! Sx

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