Everyone deals with some kind of stress on a daily basis, and it can be positive – keeping you alert and in a state to avoid danger. The problem comes when this stress is constant and your body and mind cannot relax. We have a look at eight effects that chronic stress has on your body.
A person will normally lose about 100 hairs a day, but when you’re under huge amounts of continuous stress you can suffer from increased hair loss. This is normally temporary and after about six months the hair loss usually improves.
Your skin is your biggest organ and it registers stress quickly. If you suffer from a pre-existing skin problem, then stress tends to make it worse. Dry skin becomes drier, acne can increase and you may experience other skin conditions like hives or rashes.
Occasionally you may experience a spasm around one eye, but when you’re highly stressed this twitching can increase. It’s a common symptom of stress and while it can last from a few minutes to a few months – it’s annoying rather than painful.
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Anxiety can make some people lose their appetite, but others tend to eat more and gain weight. Stress makes you crave junk food and sugar, it slows down your metabolism and it causes the body to hold onto fat.
In the short term stress is great for the immune system but the problem comes when it’s prolonged. Excessive anxiety reduces your immune system, making it easier for you to get sick. Your body also takes longer to heal, so you’re sicker for greater lengths of time.
With endless stress your body never has a moment to relax and unwind. Your brain is constantly on the go and when it doesn’t have the opportunity to shut down, it can cause sleep-related problems, such as trouble falling asleep and poor quality sleep.
Many people experience moments of forgetfulness in their daily lives, but this seems to worsen under persistent stress. The more anxiety you feel, the more it affect the brain’s ability to store and remember information.
It’s not uncommon to lose your sex drive when you experience severe and non-stop stress. In women it can affect the menstrual cycle, and in men it can interfere with sperm production and can cause erectile dysfunction.
Few people live a completely stress-free life, and while small amounts of stress are good for you, prolonged anxiety can put your health at risk and affect your overall wellbeing.
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