What does stress do to the body?
Both sudden stress and even stress over periods of time can lead to serious health problems. Chronic stress disrupts nearly every system in your body. It can raise blood pressure, suppress the immune system, increase the risk of heart attack and stroke, contribute to infertility, speed up the aging process and leave you vulnerable to mental and emotional problems.
The types of stress
This is the most widely experienced form of stress, which comes from demands and pressures of the recent past and those anticipated in the near future. It is your body’s immediate reaction to a new challenge, event or demand. Isolated episodes of acute stress should not have any health effects, but too much can make you feel exhausted.
Acute stress that is experienced too frequently is called episodic stress. It is the outcome of certain life situations when you take on too much, and can’t adapt yourself to keep pace. Being overly competitive and having an always worried state of mind can result in episodic stress.
This is the stress of feeling trapped. In other words, if acute stress isn’t resolved and begins to increase or lasts for long periods of time, it becomes chronic stress. This can be detrimental to your health and contribute to several serious diseases or health risks and in severe cases, even suicide.
This is stress associated with traumatic experiences from one’s childhood, wars, poverty, sexual or violent abuse. It results in a feeling of being on the edge and reliving traumatic events through nightmares and flashbacks.