How does stress affect the body?

Stress can affect the body in numerous ways, as well as your thoughts, behaviour and emotional wellbeing.

This article will outline the common signs of stress on the body, the importance of managing stress and how you can seek help.


Common signs of stress

Stress hormones can trigger your ‘fight or flight’ response, causing your heart to beat faster and your breath to shorten. Your body automatically tries to protect itself and believes there is an emergency.

Stress is incredibly common and natural, making it hard not to react to difficult life experiences in this way. Perhaps you’ve got a busy schedule at work or you’re dealing with serious family issues.

Alongside short, rapid breaths and a fast pulse, your body could experience a spike in blood pressure and blood sugars, which can be damaging to your health.

Additionally, stress can increase the production of stomach acid, causing severe heartburn. It also makes it harder for us to fall asleep, which could potentially lead to insomnia.


Effects of stress

According to Lenstore: “Repeated stress can take a toll on you not only mentally, but physically as well. Stress impacts your eyes with symptoms including sensitivity to light, eye twitching, too dry or too wet eyes, blurry vision and eye strain.”

“If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s important to stop, take a break from what you are doing, get some rest, and try and take part in any of your favourite relaxation techniques.”

“Stress-related eye issues are most likely temporary but, do be sure to see your optometrist if any of these symptoms persist.”

“If you’re feeling stressed, you might also experience visual disturbances or loss of sight in your periphery. If you begin to experience this, make sure to take some time to relax and if the vision issues persist, see your optometrist.”

“Finally, whilst it is important to consult your optometrist with any problems related to your vision, it is also crucial to visit your GP and speak through how you are feeling with friends and family to protect your wellbeing.”


Importance of stress management

Learning to manage stress is crucial for your health. Reducing feelings of stress will make you an all-round happier and healthier person. Shifting your mindset can help you deal with any future stressful situations that may arise.

Mediation is an effective and rewarding stress management technique. It encourages you to slow down your thoughts and relax your mind, analysing your inner self and treating it with compassion.

Regular exercise can help lift your mood and increase energy levels. Walking, yoga and swimming all have stress-reducing benefits, releasing positive endorphins which can help lower feelings of anxiety and depression.

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