5 stress-related health problems you should know about



Considering how “always stressed out” this generation is, I think it’s important for us to find ways to release all of it regularly.

Seeing these illnesses should ginger us to not allow too many things get to us and to live freely with no regrets.

Here’s a list of them below:

1. Depression and anxiety

It’s probably no surprise that chronic stress is connected with higher rates of depression and anxiety. One survey of recent studies found that people who had stress related to their jobs — like demanding work with few rewards — had an 80% higher risk of developing depression within a few years than people with lower stress.

2. Circulatory problems

Stress can make your body’s arteries and veins tighten up in response to the fight-or-flight complex. This compression can reduce blood flow throughout the body and create problems like blood clots, poor circulation, or even strokes.

3. Tension headaches

Do you have a dull pain in your head or neck, like a clamp around your skull? This is a classic sign of a tension headache. An occasional tension headache is usually set off by a single stressful event, but if you suffer from chronic stress, you may also get chronic tension headaches. This cycle of pain itself is a big stress factor, and can make the stresses of daily living feel even worse.

4. Sleep dysfunction

Older adults already experience a natural decrease in their amount of deep sleep and an increase in nighttime wakefulness. Stress may aggravate these sleep deficits, making it especially hard for older people to get back to sleep when they wake up at night. Because sleep deprivation impairs memory and emotional control, people with troubled sleep may then find it harder to handle the stress in their lives.

5. Obesity

Excess fat in the belly seems to pose greater health risks than fat on the legs or hips — and unfortunately, that’s just where people with high stress seem to store it. Stress causes higher levels of the hormone cortisol and that seems to increase the amount of fat that’s deposited in the abdomen.

If you suffer from any of these, chances are your stress levels are through the roof and you need to go somewhere and lay low and forget about your worries.

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