There is good stress and bad stress. Find out how stress can affect your Health.
Good Stress or bad Stress?
You will experience different types of stress throughout your life, but some individuals may be more prone to the negative effects of stress. Find out what kind of stress is useful, and what negatively affects your health.
Is a healthy adaptation the body makes to alert the body to make necessary changes. This kind of stress is when an athlete or other performer needs to get the compettive edge to push themselves further to master the task. Short term stress may help you obtain that achievement oriented goal.
The fight or flight Response is a short term condition in which the adrenal glands mobilize adrenelin and cortisol to help the stress response. Normally after the crises is over the body returns to its orignal balanced state.
This is when the body is exposed to high levels of stress over a long period of time. Blood pressure can remain elevated making the body vulnerable to a number of stress related diseases, usually behavioral and physiological problems. you may have difficulty concentrating and have anxiety and memory problems. This is because the brain's neurons are disrupted. I'm sure you have experienced this. It's why we have trouble thinking properly when we are stress or agitated.
Once the event is over the body reverts back to homeostasis. The body will activate neurotransmitters to help the body recover. Stress becomes a problem when the stress response is not turned off. It's when your stress levels occur over a long period of time, then the adrenal glands become exhausted and you feel tired all the time, and maybe you will become ill. It affects your immune system.
Long-term Stress can decrease the ability of the body's system to work properly...even altogether. More information can be found at www.nimh.nih.gov/health
Common stress related Illnesses
Chronic stress can contribute to peptic ulcers, cardiovascular disease, and even cancer. Lately I have read a lot of health reports that one of the leading causes of cancer is stress. The american Psychological association says that stress can make health problems worse www.apa.org. Reducing stress levels contributes to long term health.
In a world filled with economic uncertainty, you may be effected by pay cuts, overload, downsizing, lay offs etc. All of the above may result in toxic work places. I am very familiar with this, and I have seen many coworkers suffer, myself included.
How do we deal with this? This is the big problem. You have to protect your health.
Here's what you 'can' Do
Make a commitment to yourself to identify the stressor(s) and make a plan to counteract the source. You are worth it!