Stress and its effects on your health
Let us start by understanding if stress is good for us. In various aspects of our life, stress seems to be normal and is good sometimes. Stress in most circumstances motivates us to focus more on our work. Yet, there are other times where it makes us feel extremely overwhelmed and disturbs our attention and focus. Therefore, there are two types of stress, one that is good and one that is bad. In this blog we will go through ways in which stress can be alarming as it begins to take a toll on our health.
Is stress beneficial?
Stress is nothing but a burst of energy and in small doses has many advantages. Stress can help us meet daily challenges or meet our goals. It can also help boost memory and assist in accomplishing tasks effectively.
What happens when you are stressed?
Stress can be a vital warning system. When the brain perceives some kind of stress, the body starts flooding with chemicals like epinephrine, norepinephrine and cortisol. This results in an increase in blood pressure and heart rate. The senses now suddenly have a laser-like focus.
Reasons for stress
High-pressure workdays, long commutes, raising kids, not enough sleep or exercise, trying to make ends meet, death of a loved one, divorce, getting married and moving homes are some of the reasons stress starts taking a toll on your daily behavior and increases the stress levels in your body.
Signals for too much stress
Inability to concentrate or complete tasks, getting sick more often with colds, bodyaches, headaches, irritability, trouble falling sleeping or staying awake, changes in appetite, increase in anger or anxiety . Besides making you forget where you left your things, stress also can have a dramatic negative impact on your health.
Why is stress bad for your health?
- Stress makes you more prone to disease
- Stress can affect your love / family life
- Stress can take a toll on your dental health
- Stress can damage your heart muscles, thus resulting in a weak heat
- Stress can affect facial and bodily appearance. For eg: make you look older or gain more weight
- Stress also affects and weakens your immune system
- Stress can lead to long-term disability and so even the mildest of stress should not be ignored
When to seek help?
If you’re not sure if stress is the cause or if you’ve taken steps to control your stress but your symptoms continue, see your healthcare professional. Your healthcare provider may want to check for other potential causes. Or consider seeing a professional counselor or therapist, who can help you identify sources of your stress and learn new coping tools.
At Evolve Brain Training, in Business Bay we offer customized treatments depending on the individual’s medical history, symptoms and effects. The training center specializes in stress disorder treatment which helps to keep the stress levels in check. For further details on the treatments fill out the contact form and we will get in touch with you shortly.
Dr. Upasana Gala is the founder and CEO of Evolve Brain Training, a Neurofeedback centered institute that focuses on using non-invasive brain training techniques to maximize the brain's true potential.