Effects Body Stress - Ralph Dinkelmann Body Stress Release Practitioner

Effects of Body Stress

Stress is a feeling of tension. It may be emotional or physical and may arise from any event or thought that triggers frustration, anger or nervousness. It's your body's reaction to a challenge or demand.

In short bursts, stress is positive. It's what helps you avoid danger or meet a deadline. But - when stress lasts for a long time - it becomes harmful. There are two types of stress:

  1. Acute Stress is short-term and dissipates quickly. This is the kind of stress you feel when you slam on brakes, or argue with someone or bungee jump. It helps you out of dangerous and often occurs when you do something new and exciting.
  2. Chronic Stress last for a much longer period of time. You may experience it if you have financial problems, a troubled relationship or ongoing work-related issues; and you may become so used to its presence that you don't even realise it's there.

Left unmanaged, chronic stress may lead to a variety of health problems. 

The Effects of Stress on Your Body

Your body releases hormones in response to stress. These put the brain on alert. Your muscles tense in readiness to act. Your pulse rate quickens. In the short term, these reactions are good. They could save you. But, over time, they put you at risk for health problems, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Skin problems
  • Menstrual problems

And - if you already have a health condition, chronic stress can make it worse.

Signs of Stress

Stress may cause many and varied physical and emotional symptoms. Here are just some of the signs that stress may be affecting you:

Effects of Stress - Ralph Dinkelmann Body Stress Release Practitioner