Life is full of struggles and questions. Just as the planets travel oscillate around the sun in obedience to nature, so man, on each, make effort to make ends meet. Human beings strive not only to make the present day comfortable but strive to correct the past and even prepare for the future. In the face of these multiple struggles, circumstances have their own rules to play. And when they do not dance to the time table of man, Stress set in, and gradually impact on our vital Organs.
If Stress becomes part of everyone’s daily lives. Should one then give in to it? Stress can affect your body in ways that can have a long-lasting impact on your precious health. Here are some ways stress can affect your health through the vital body organs:
- The Effect of Stress on the Brain – Stress can cause you to lose your concentration and memory abilities. When you are under stress, the brain associated with memory, do not work well. Hence, you cannot turn short-term memory into long-term memory. All effort to concentrate on things you hear, see, read or even perceive will fail.
- Effect of Stress on the Cardiovascular System – Stress causes the secretion of Adrenalin, which automatically raises your blood pressure and heart rate. This chemical process put more stress on your heart, thereby putting you at higher risk of suffering from hypertension-related diseases like heart failure and stroke. These do not just happen overnight but result from long-term or chronic stress. The possibility of this life-threatening illness is high if you do not eat well (poor dieting) or even have a strong family history of heart disease. This is one good reason everyone needs to visit the doctor, not only when you are ill. You may get a life-saving advice.
- Effect of Stress on the Gastrointestinal Tract – Stress triggers the body’s fight or flight in response to the release of Adrenalin from your adrenal glands. This has multiple effects on the body. This event forces blood away from the gastrointestinal tract and toward the muscles of the body as a way of preparing to “flee or fight” from a real or imagined opponent (fear). This can lead to a decreased blood flow to the gastrointestinal tract, which translates into indigestion and poor uptake of nutrients
- Effect of Stress on the Immune System – Excess Stress also causes the release of cortisol (steroid hormone which regulates the immune response metabolism) from the adrenal cortex. Cortisol has many effects on the body but one of the main ones is that it suppresses the immune system. High levels of cortisol mean that you are at greater risk of getting colds and the flu and have a harder time healing from open cuts or wounds. Cortisol can suppress several aspects of the immune system. Hence, you fall ill more often when under stress than you would be if you were not under Stress.
Things You Can Do To Reduce Stress
Due to the fact that stress can wreak havoc on your body, you need to do what you can to lessen the Stress in your life so you can remain healthy. Sometimes, it may be a matter of modifying your lifestyle so as to reduce to the minimum level the major sources of Stress such as;
- getting out of a Stressful relationship,
- befriending people that make you happy
- add meaning to your personality
- avoiding actions that can cause you expensive mistakes, thereby causing regret
- getting your finances in order
- changing your job situation so you don’t go to work each day with stressful feelings.
- living in a healthy environment devoid of sights & sound that put Stress of you
However, if you can’t change your circumstances, you may want to practice stress-relieving techniques such as meditation and exercise among others.
These techniques can be effortlessly learned through attending health classes or watching films/videos that will teach you ways to reduce the total sum of Stress in your life.
Finally, I discover one other great way to reduce stress is to take a vacation away from that regular place that generates your Stress and spend enough time in nature that naturally calms the mind, body, and spirit.