There’s no doubt about it – modern living is very stressful, and while stress is a word that gets thrown around and misused quite a lot to describe things that are a bit annoying or undesirable, stress is a real thing that can cause real problems.
While it’s said that a little bit of stress is actually good for us, it’s important to realise just when that line between healthy and dangerous levels of stress is about to be crossed.
Stress can affect our lives in a very negative way if we allow it to take over, so it’s a good idea to be aware of the signs, the dangers, how to reduce it, and the ways to combat too much stress.
It Can Cause Accidents:
When we’re stressed, our bodies go into reactive mode which weakens our ability to think clearly and rationally. This then affects how we respond to certain things, and when carrying out tasks, such as driving, cooking, or even working in jobs that require our full attention, we may not be able to complete these tasks as well as we would without being under too much stress, which can lead to accidents and injuries.
It Can Cause Illness:
Any kind of stress that’s put on our bodies and minds can have a very negative effect on our overall health and mental wellbeing, it can weaken our immune system, which leads to us being more at risk for anything that’s going around. Stress has also been directly linked to major illnesses, such as heart disease, strokes, and cancer when the body is consistently under chronic stress for a long period of time.
It Can Lead To Addiction:
Due to the fact that our bodies actually know better than we do about what’s good for us, they tend to not enjoy the feeling of being under constant, chronic stress. Our bodies will then respond to this by attempting to send signals to our brains asking for something to make us feel better, and although some people will understand these signals and take healthy approaches to reducing stress with meditation or other techniques, a lot of people will turn to unhealthier ways of feeling better, such as binge eating, drugs, opiates, and alcohol. If you find yourself heading down this route, then it’s important to seek immediate professional help from someone who can advise you on methods of treatment available so you can start getting back to living a normal life.
It Can Lead To Depression:
Stress is not an easy thing to live with when it’s constant – especially if you don’t have any support system or people you can talk to. Many people will simply shut down because they don’t want to feel like they’re burdening others with their problems. If you think your stress is becoming an issue and causing you feel down and depressed more frequently, then you really do need to speak to someone who can help you deal with this before it becomes a major problem and leads to other, bigger problems long-term.