What Chronic Stress Does to the Body

stressed man with computer

Humble Warrior Therapy is a holistic, integrative approach to mental health, emphasizing the inextricable link between mind and body. This mindfulness-based therapy is rooted in philosophies of yoga and Buddhism, which both promote an extremely comprehensive notion of health. When we experience a certain state of mind, our physical body is affected (and vice versa).

So what are the effects of chronic stress on our physical health? How does feeling stressed affect the various systems and functioning of our bodies? Read on to learn about some of the physical health symptoms of chronic stress:

  • Headaches

  • Insomnia

  • Heartburn

  • Weakened immune system

  • Increased heart rate

  • Risk of heart attack

  • Fertility problems

  • Missed periods

  • Erectile Dysfunction

  • Decreased sex drive

  • Upset stomach

  • Muscle aches and pains, including tense muscles

  • Increased blood sugar

  • Increased blood pressure

The aforementioned list shows that stress does not live solely in the mind. When our levels of neurotransmitters are off, are entire body detects the imbalance. Because of these physical health symptoms, chronic stress can be misdiagnosed for other health issues, particularly those pertaining to cardiac, endocrine, gastrointestinal, inflammatory, metabolic, neurologic and respiratory conditions.

Your body is incredibly wise, so listen to its indicators and warning signs and know that you were not made to be chronically stressed!