There’s no denying the fact that there are dire consequences of stress when it’s chronic. Although a part of our everyday lives that can even be healthy in the right amounts, unmanaged stress can do us a lot of harm. Ayurveda considers excess stress among the root causes of illness. But do you know exactly what it does to you? Here are the effects of stress on the body.
Effects Of Stress On Health
1. Stress Causes Sleep And Mood Disorders.
In Ayurveda, chronic stress is looked upon as the destroyer of emotional well-being. The long-term mental effects of stress are sleep and mood disorders such as insomnia, anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder. It can cause malfunctions in the nervous and endocrine systems, leading to negative impacts on how you feel.
2. There Are Consequences Of Stress On The Heart.
Chronic stress is dangerous for your precious heart. When the body’s stress response gets triggered, your heart immediately starts beating faster to supply your body with energy, so that you can either fight or flee. This means increased blood pressure. Over time, this can lead to hypertension and in very severe cases, put one at the risk of heart attacks.
3. Stress Can Damage The Digestive System.
For ages, Ayurveda has linked emotional health to the digestive system. Now, research proves it too. Stress can lower the agni (digestive fire). It irritates and weakens the digestive organs, leading to issues like heartburn, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, diarrhea, stomachaches, and chronic indigestion.
4. Stress Is Also Bad For Your Muscles.
If you complain to an Ayurvedic doctor about body pain or headache, he or she is likely to ask if you’ve been feeling stressed lately. When you are often too stressed, your muscles can become very very tense. This can lead to severe aches and tightness – especially in areas like the head, neck, back, and shoulders. Muscle spasms are also quite common among those suffering from chronic stress.
5. Stress Weakens The Immune System.
Have you noticed that when you’re highly stressed, you tend to fall sick more often? One of the notable physical effects of stress is lower immunity. When you get too stressed, your immune system gets highly stimulated. But in excess, it causes too much inflammation. This weakens the immune system and increases the risk of infections as well as illnesses.
6. Stress Can Make Your Sex Life Suffer.
Also among the common effects of stress on health is reduced libido. That’s cause stress causes irritation, fatigue, and reduced feel-good hormones that contribute to a good sex life. Moreover, chronic stress also reduces testosterone in men – thus increasing the risk of erectile dysfunction. Women suffer from reduced libido as well as worsening of PMS and menopause symptoms.
How To Prevent The Consequences Of Stress?
- Know your limits and don’t overwork yourself too often.
- Go to bed around 10 pm and get 7 hours of sleep regularly.
- Turn off gadgets after 8 pm.
- Get at leat 30 minutes of exercise everyday.
- Take a holiday whenever you can.
- Unwind at the end of the day with a hot bath.
- Try yoga and meditation.
- Drink plenty of water, since dehydration increases stress.
- Eat satvik food.
- Try these home remedies for anxiety.
- If it persists, consult a doctor.
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