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How Stress Impacts Our Whole Body

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Stress and anxiety have different impacts on different bodies. For many people, it is racing heart and developing muscle tension, but for some, it is headaches and stomach aches. But often, we don’t realize that stress and anxiety can have deeper and long-lasting effects on about every organ of our body. 

The acute forms of stress may have some positive impacts on the brain for a short period as hormones like cortisol activate during this process, says Wendy Suzuki, a neuroscience and psychology professor at New York University. 

According to Suzuki, the long-term increase in cortisol can damage the brain’s prefrontal cortex which is essential for cognitive processes and focused attention, as reported by the Washington Post. 

When a person feels anxiety or stress, their blood pressure rises. And when the period of stress is over, these functions must return to their normal states, but it doesn’t necessarily happen with the modern lifestyle where we have a series of stress. 

Chronic stress leads to high blood pressure, and over time it narrows the blood vessels, which increases the risk of cardiac events.  

Stress also attacks respiratory conditions. During stress, a person can feel a lack of breadth. In some cases, acute stress can trigger asthma attacks. 

Stress also leads to skin problems like acne, says Rick Fried, a dermatologist and clinical psychologist at Yardley Clinical Research Associates. 

During acute or chronic stress, the skin’s immune system gets activated, which eventually promotes inflammation, which leads to skin conditions like hives, rosacea, and eczema. Stress also affects the body’s ability to hold water. It makes the skin produce more oil. 

Stress slows the emptying of the gut. This results in a bloated stomach and constipation. According to a 2020 study, psychological stress correlated with flare-ups of Crohn’s disease and colitis. Moreover, stress leads to changes in the gut microbiome. This affects the diversity of bacteria in the gut. 

People tend to take stress because of several things that are as common as traffic jams, work deadlines, financial troubles, relationship issues, and other lifestyle-related stress. Stress may be of some kind, but it can affect our whole body. 


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