Stress is a real contributor to problems we have with our bodies. We all wish we could sit comfortably under the ceiling lights in our easy chair reading and enjoying the peace and calm each day. But life does not work that way. Every day we wake up and there are new things to worry about and stress over. However, we need to get our stress under control.
The Effects of Stress on the Body
There are different ways that stress can affect our bodies. Stress can come from various different sources, including work, physical health, and interpersonal factors. Even if those stressors may be primarily a mental thing, they can actually have physical effects on the body. Stress can cause harm to certain areas of our body by wearing down their processes. Stress can have a negative effect on our heart, our skin, and our liver. Here is a bit more about how stress can affect these three areas of our body.
#3 The Heart
Stress can take a toll on our cardiovascular health. The cardiovascular system is the system of our body that pumps blood from the heart to the extremities and from the extremities back to the heart. The cardiovascular system is a very important part of the body because it aids in circulation and helps to support all life systems. Mental stressors can actually have a huge impact on the cardiovascular system.
One of the primary problems that you might have in your cardiovascular system from stress is a cardiovascular disease known as high blood pressure. High blood pressure is caused by extensive amounts of stress that causes the pressure of the blood pumping through your arterial walls to increase. In a healthy cardiovascular system, the heart pumps blood to your extremities and then circulates it back to the heart. When you have high blood pressure, the pressure of the blood being pumped through the arterial walls is too strong. It can lead to cardiovascular disease later on.
Another form of cardiovascular disease that you have a risk of contracting is a myocardial infarction or heart attack. Heart attack can happen if you have too much stress and it builds up, degrading your cardiovascular health. You need to see a doctor if you are experiencing great amounts of stress, one that specializes in cardiovascular care. He or she will measure your high blood pressure, cholesterol, and your heart rate. He or she will assist you in taking care of your cardiovascular health in light of being under so much stress.
#2 The Skin
Stress can affect the skin too. Your skin can show signs of stress in different ways. One way that you will notice stress from your skin is you will see wrinkles start to appear. Wrinkles appear when the skin is undergoing stress and when the body is undergoing stress in general. Wrinkles can appear as fine lines around the mouth and chin, as well as lines around the eyes when you smile.
Another way that you might notice the stress on your skin is that you may break out in pimples or acne. This is a very common symptom of experiencing too much stress. The skin will become oily and excrete more oil than usual. The pores can become clogged and you can get small pimples or blackheads that show up to the naked eye. If you’re experiencing extreme amounts of stress, you are likely to get cyst-like pimples on your face. These pimples are very deep and are sore.
#1 The Liver
When you are undergoing extreme amounts of stress, you are likely to have liver problems too. The liver is the organ that does the job of detoxifying the body. When you are under a lot of stress, your body creates an excessive amount of hormones. These hormones are read by the body as toxins because there are too many of them. Therefore, your body then sends these hormones to the liver so that the liver can process them and get rid of them.
This puts your liver under a lot of strain. It means that your liver has to work overtime and oftentimes this can lead to liver problems. One way to know if you have liver problems is if you have cramping in the area of your body where your liver is situated. Also, if you are having skin problems it is usually indicative of a liver problem. This is because if the liver can’t process the toxins, then they come through the skin. You should drink detoxifying teas in order to get rid of the toxins in your liver. You should drink herbal teas that are subtle in their effect.