In today's fast-paced world, stress is becoming more common, with 74% of adults feeling so stressed they feel overwhelmed or unable to cope. Undoubtedly, this number is enormous and needs a discussion.
But before you learn how you can reduce stress, you need to find the route cause. To make this easier, you need to know how stress is generated in our bodies.
When we're stressed, our bodies go into "Fight-or-Flight" mode. This means when you feel threatened, your nervous system releases a ton of stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, making us take emergency action. In this state, your heart beats faster, blood pressure rises, muscles tighten, and you become sharper.
Sometimes stress can be good because it can quickly get you out of a dangerous situation. However, long-term stress can cause significant problems in all major parts of our body, including:
• Musculoskeletal system - If muscles are always tight from stress, it can cause tension headaches like migraines, etc.
• Respiratory system - Can make breathing even harder for those with asthma or emphysema.
• Cardiovascular system - Your heart rate can increase, enhancing the chances of heart attacks, strokes, etc.
• Endocrine system - Reduces the reabsorption rate of blood sugar, increasing the possibilities of type 2 diabetes.
• Gastrointestinal system - This can lead to chronic pain and changes in your eating habits, which can develop gastrointestinal-related issues like acid reflux.
Despite a considerable percentage of adults having stress, it can cause serious health problems.
We want to help. Now that you know how stress is caused let's dive into some methods to reduce this health risk.