Benefits,Health & Fitness

Examining Stress in the Human Body

3 Sep , 2013  

Many of today’s lifeloggers aren’t that interested in recording amazing airplane jumps or spur-of-the-moment dance sessions at the local strip mall. As we become more health-conscious as a society, more lifeloggers are actually interested in monitoring their vital statistics to help improve their health. This is especially true as it pertains to stress.

Stress is one of those medical conditions which is very much ambiguous. The science on it isn’t conclusive, and some doctors argue about the effects it can have on the human body. However, the consensus is that stress is a real thing. The bickering comes into play as it pertains to how people develop stress, how to handle stress, and how stress has physical effects.

Stress can manifest itself in a slew of different ways. You can think of stress, in very simple terms, much like anxiety or incessant worrying and the overall affect this can have on you. Losing sleep, constantly worrying, and being bogged down by negativity can have dire effects on your health. Below, we will look at different ways in which stress has been known to harm people, and also the different causes of stress.

How Stress Can Negatively Affect You

According to Web MD, stress definitely plays a huge role in how the body functions. People who exhibit high levels of stress tend to have worse health. Here are just a few points of emphasis to focus on.

  • 43% of adjusts who experience stress also have adverse health effects
  • Untreated stress can lead to lifetime emotional disorders
  • Upwards of 90% of all doctor visits deal specifically with stress-related issues
  • Stress-related claims in the workplace cost $300 billion annually
  • Stress increases headaches, blood pressure, depression, asthma, and other ailments
  • Stress is very commonly undiagnosed or misdiagnosed

The Main Causes of Stress

The best way to deal with stress is to be proactive about it. However, that’s a lot easier said than done. Trying to eliminate stress without knowing what causes it is like trying to pay your bills without even taking them out of the mailbox and opening them up. How will you know the amount of money to pay out? In other words, guesswork isn’t going to be able to help you defeat stress. Knowing the causes will.

Having generally poor health and/or emotional problems is a huge contributing factor to stress. And once stress settles on top of these pre-existing issues, the problems just get worse. It’s a vicious cycle you want to avoid. So staying in good health, making sure you’re fit and active, and seeking help for emotional issues is a good way to avoid stress.

Stress is also caused by changes in your work, bills piling up, relationship troubles, and things like family-related issues. Some of these causes have tangible safeguards, such as setting up a budget, always having a monetary contingency, and knowing when to walk away from stressful situations. Other issues, like family problems, can spring up unexpectedly. This is where you have to act in a reactive way while still remaining calm and level-headed. Seek help with issues that are too big to face alone.

Lifelogging may be able to assist you in handling stress. Logging and viewing your life on a day-to-day basis is a great way to examine your life from the inside out, making any necessary changes to help eliminate unnecessary stress.

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