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From Sharp Health News, a publication of Sharp HealthCare

Too much stress can have a detrimental effect not only on your emotional health, but on your physical health, as well.

Stress can affect your mind and body in a range of ways, from hair loss to troubles at work or in your personal life and more, including:

  • Acne, hives and other skin problems
  • Change in heart rate, rise in blood pressure and increased risk of heart attack and heart disease
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Digestion problems, including diarrhea and constipation
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Headaches
  • Impaired immune response
  • Impotence in men
  • Increased or decreased nutrition, leading to weight gain or loss
  • Increased risk of diabetes
  • Irritability
  • Joint aches and muscle tension, especially in the neck, shoulders and back
  • Lack of energy
  • Memory and concentration problems
  • Nausea, stomach pain and heartburn
  • Painful and irregular menstruation in women
  • Rapid or labored breathing
  • Reduced bone density
  • Trouble sleeping

Combat the effects of stress by eating a healthy diet, getting plenty of sleep, exercising daily and regularly practicing mindfulness and meditation. And talk with your doctor for more support.

VEBA offers a virtual Restorative Yoga for Stress Management class Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4 pm. Learn different techniques (breathing, relaxation, mindfulness and restorative poses) to help manage the cumulative effects of stress and support overall health. Register here.