Prolonged stress takes its toll on all parts of the body and mind. Stress affects the body in different ways for different individuals. Some feel it more in their muscular system, others feel it in their digestive system while others feel it more in their respiratory system. When one system is affected by stress, it takes its toll on other systems of the body.
High stress levels may cause excessive hair loss and some forms of baldness known as alopecia. Spasmodic pains in the neck and shoulders, musculoskeletal aches, lower back pain and various minor muscular twitches and nervous tics are more noticeable under stress. Stress can cause or aggravate diseases of the digestive tract, including gastritis, stomach and duodenal ulcers, ulcerative colitis and irritable colon.
Some individuals react to stress with outbreaks of skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. Stress affects the reproductive system causing menstrual disorders and recurrent vaginal infections in women and impotence and premature ejaculation in men. High levels of mental or emotional stress adversely affect individuals with asthmatic conditions.
Cardiovascular disease and hypertension are linked to accumulated stress. Mouth ulcers and excessive dryness are often a symptom of stress. Stress triggers mental and emotional problems such as insomnia, headaches, personality changes, irritability, anxiety and depression.
Stress management is about understanding how your body reacts to these pressures and learning how to build your body’s resilience to stress.
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Published in the Connaught Telegraph Newspaper on 6 March 2018
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