Stress and Anxiety - The Long Term Negative Effects

Stress and anxiety are extremely prevalent in today's society. When there are too many burdens for you to overcome, the results can be simply devastating.

No human can be prepared for the amount of hassle's that most people encounter in a typical day. Your body just doesn't cope well when you're overwhelmed with one problem after another. It's that ongoing worry that provokes the fight or flight response many times over, again and again with no end in sight.

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The Physiology of Stress and Anxiety

When you're under abundant stress, your body wants to either run or fight but for most people, that's not what typically happens. Instead, when these high energy responses occur, you're forced to keep them locked inside. Given enough time, a simple apprehension can cause you to explode and you wonder why. But there's a simple explanation for it. You've simply reached your tolerance level/breaking point! When you can't hold it in any longer, you blow up.

In stressful situations, your adrenal glands release adrenaline into the bloodstream, which causes your body to switch over to the action mode.

High energy reactions burn off the stimulative hormones and extra glucose pumps into the bloodstream for that purpose then returns to normal. These situations used to occur occasionally but that's not the way it is today.

Today the same biochemical responses are triggered over and over throughout out the day and night by frustrations in the office, repressed anger, depressing news, arguments with your spouse, exposure to electromagnetic waves, fear, bullying, peer pressures and other stressors you may encounter.

However instead of releasing frustrations, most people are taught to keep them under control. In turn, your body can't utilize the powerful hormones that get released into the bloodstream.

These potent chemicals quickly break down into toxic by-products that act like a snake's venom. They degrade your immunity, and hinder other vital functions that your body normally wants to make. Under chronic stress, your body never has a chance to recover - to properly eliminate toxins and restore balance.

By simple definition, stress is a sudden demand on the body to adapt. Worries of the day can entirely consume your thoughts and behaviors and can torment and torture you internally.

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Doesn't this poster make a ton of sense? Leave it to the Dalai Lama to make something hard seem so easy!

Stress can cause either physical, emotional or psychological strain. However, not every kind of stress is harmful to you or even negative in nature. There are a few different types of stress you should be aware of the next time the ugly beast raises its head.

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4 Types of Stress

  • Eustress - A type of stress that is fun and exciting, and keeps us vital (e.g. skydiving or extreme pressure at work to meet a deadline.) Most men do well when under pressure but women don't deal with it too well.

  • Acute Stress - A very short-term type of stress that can either be positive (eustress) or more distressing (what we normally think of when we think of ‘stress'). This is the type of stress we most often encounter in normal day-to-day life. (e.g. road rage, kids misbehaving.)

  • Episodic Acute Stress - When acute stress seems to run rampant in every day life, life only gets more chaotic every day. (e.g. it's the kind of stress that helped coin the terms ‘drama queen’ and ‘absent-minded professor’.)

  • Chronic Stress - The type of stress that seems never-ending and inescapable, like the stress of a bad marriage or an extremely arrogant boss you have to work for. This type of stress can cause burnout very quickly!

    When faced with chronic stress and an over-activated autonomic nervous system, many people begin to experience physical symptoms. The first symptoms are relatively mild, like chronic headaches and lowered immunity. With more exposure to chronic stress, however, more serious health problems may develop. These stress-influenced conditions include, but are not limited to:

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    The Negative Effects of Stress and Anxiety

  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Hair Loss
  • Heart Disease
  • Hyperthyroidism
  • Obesity
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) or Anxiety Attacks
  • Sexual Dysfunction
  • Tooth and Gum Disease
  • Ulcers
  • Cancer

  • It’s estimated that as many as 90 percent of doctor’s visits are for symptoms that are at least partially stress-related!

    Maintaining lower levels of stress and anxiety is critical. High amounts of stress leave us more susceptible to disease and illness. However, in our fast track society how do you deal with all the extra pressure? Find out how to decrease stress here.

    Always consult your physician before using natural remedies, especially for anyone with preexisting conditions or anyone currently taking prescription medications. Although many efforts are made to ensure that the advice given on this site is professionally sound, the advice is not intended to replace a mutual relationship with a medical provider.

    Related Pages on This Site

    How to Keep Finding Joy in your Life

    Tips to Improve Your Mood

    How to Relieve Stress and Save Your Sanity

    The Symptoms of Depression – What You Need to Know!

    Techniques to Relieve Depression Naturally

    Help for Depression - Common Herbs and Tonics

    Psychological Depression During the Holidays


    4 Types of Stress To Know and Understand

    What Happens to Your Body When You're Stressed

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