What Effects Does Stress Have on Your Body? 

Stress affects just about everyone. It’s important to know the role that it plays on your body, and how you can help offset some of the symptoms. Continue reading for tips to reduce stress this season. 

What Causes Stress? 

When your body experiences harmful situations, it triggers feelings of stress. In fact, when you feel threatened, a chemical reaction occurs in your body that enables you to act in a way that protects yourself from harm. This is known as “fight-or-flight,” and is sometimes referred to as the stress response. 

During the stress response, your heart rate typically increases, your breathing becomes more rapid, your muscles tighten, and your blood pressure rises. These triggers occur as a way of protecting yourself and are your body’s natural response to stress. 

Remember, stress is always relevant to the person. Some things that cause you to stress, may not cause someone else stress. In addition, some people handle stress better than others, so it’s important to not compare yourself. Not all stress is bad, in some cases, it helps push you forward to accomplish things, and prevents you from getting injured. 

Our bodies are made to be able to handle healthy doses of stress, however, we are not equipped to handle long-term chronic stress. 

How Does Stress Affect Your Body? 

Stress can play a role in many aspects of your life including but not limited to, your emotions, behaviors, critical thinking ability, and physical health. When it comes to stress, no part of your body is immune. However, as we mentioned previously, everybody handles stress differently so symptoms can vary from person to person. 

Some symptoms you may experience include:

  • Emotional Symptoms
    • Easily agitated and moody
    • Feeling overwhelmed 
    • Difficulting relaxing 
    • Avoidance behaviors 
  • Physical Symptoms
    • Low energy 
    • Headaches
    • Upset stomach
    • Aches, pains, and tense muscles 
    • Dry mouth and difficulty swallowing
    • Clenched jaw and grinding teeth
  • Cognitive Symptoms
    • Constant worrying 
    • Racing thoughts
    • Forgetfulness
    • Poor judgment
    • Lack of concentration
  • Behavioral Symptoms 
    • Change in appetite
    • Procrastinating from responsibilities 
    • Increased use of alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes 

Tips to Reduce Stress

Luckily, there are quite a few tips you can implement into your daily routine to help control the symptoms of stress.

  • Take deep breaths. Get in touch with your body and soul by practicing deep breathing exercises. If you want or need to reduce your blood pressure and de-stress in a pinch, taking a few deep breaths can help you to calm down. 
  • Go for a walk. One of the easiest ways to calm your body and mind when you are feeling stressed is by taking a walk (especially in nature!). Going for a walk can boost your endorphins and decrease your levels of the stress hormone cortisol. 
  • Pet a dog. Did you know that interacting with a dog can decrease cortisol levels and increase levels of positive hormone oxytocin? If you don’t own a furry friend, you may consider getting one for this fact alone! 
  • Get adequate rest. Getting enough sleep is crucial to stress management. Typical adults need at least 8 hours of sleep, and you may need even more when under significant levels of stress. 
  • Implement stress-relieving supplements: If you suffer from chronic symptoms of stress, it may be a good idea to implement stress-relieving supplements like CBD. Products like A88CBD™ Oil Tincture and Essential Oil Rollerball are specially formulated with the stressed out in mind. 


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