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
- Impaired immune response
- Impotence in men
- Increased or decreased nutrition, leading to weight gain or loss
- Increased risk of diabetes
- 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.