Stress

 

Stress is a part of our everyday modern living. Most of us are faced with stressful situations on a regular basis. These are usually fairly minor stress indicators, you might be running late to meet a friend, studying for an exam, trying to get your kids to school or responding to a particularly busy workplace scenario. At other times, these stressors may be more significant. You may have lost your job and be struggling financially, you or someone you love might be suffering from an illness, or your child might be the victim of bullying behaviour.
Physical responses to undue levels of stress or sustained stress include:

 

  1. Increased heart rate
  2. Headaches
  3. High blood pressure
  4. High blood sugar levels
  5. Decreased immune responses.

Chronic stress, where stress levels remain high for an extended period of time, put us at the greatest risk of developing these physical symptoms and, according to the Center for Studies on Human Stress, it is many of these physical effects which can cause us the most physical damage (such as risk of heart attack and diabetes) over time. Reducing your stress, and managing your stress, is then essential not just to emotional well-being, but also to your physical health.