We often describe our lives as a grindstone, filled with stress. What few of us realize, however, is just how damaging this stress can be on our overall health. Women, in particular, have too many things on their plates. They have to make ends meet, don’t get enough sleep, take care of the children, run the household, have long commutes, and undergo high pressure workdays. Unfortunately, all this stress can cause irreversible damage, including long term disability, heart problems, and early aging.
Interestingly, some people believe they work better under pressure. However, this is rarely true. In fact, the opposite is true – stress generally leads to more mistakes. Let’s take a look at some of the ways in which stress can damage our health.
1. You Will Find It Hard to Control Your Emotions
People who are stressed often have angry outbursts.
2. Stress Can Make You Ill
Certain people are more likely to develop certain illnesses. Those who experience chronic stress are more likely to allow those illnesses to develop as well. Some of the diseases include cirrhosis of the liver, fatal accidents, lung disease, and cancer. Suicide is also possible.
3. Stress Affects Your Love Life
Sex is a great way to relieve stress. However, stress in itself can significantly affect your libido.
4. Stress Can Affect Your Teeth and Gums
A lot of people develop physical reactions, including tics, when they are stressed. Commonly, they start to grind their teeth. This is often an unconscious thing that happens during sleep, but it can cause permanent damage to both the teeth and the jaw.
5. Stress Negatively Affects Your Heart
By being stressed, your heart muscle can become damaged. This is because stress hormones make your heart beat faster, while constricting the blood vessels at the same time. Hence, your heart has to work much harder, increasing your blood pressure.
6. Stress Can Lead to Weight Gain
When we were still hunter gatherers, harsh environmental conditions made us eat as much as we could whenever there was some food, allowing us to survive in time of scarcity. This is a compulsion that we have not evolved out of yet. When we get stressed, this ancient behavior comes out again.
7. Stress Makes You Age More Quickly
People who are chronically stressed also age much more quickly.
8. Stress Impacts Your Immune System
It is important not to forget the link between mind and body. When someone is stressed, however, their immune system suffers, which means they are more likely to get infections.
9. Stress Can Leave You Permanently Disabled
Last but not least, stress can actually lead to permanent, or long lasting disabilities.