Effects of Stress
Stress although perceived differently in individuals affects us in many ways which are unique to every one of us. The effect of stress may range from mildly little to chronic or life-threatening. Stress can affect the immunity of the human body which can haphazardly affect all areas of our health. The effect of stress ranges from physical to behavioral, cognitive to emotional symptoms.
1. Physical Effect of Stress
Stress leads to the slowing down of some normal functions in the body. It tends to affect the performance of the digestive and immune systems. When there is the presence of stress in the body, it slows down the concentration of the body on undertaking some important processes in the body which include breath control, blood flow, alertness as well as muscle preparedness in the body. Stress leads the body to change in some ways for it to react to the stressors produced. Some of the changes which the body undergoes include;
2. Emotional Effect of Stress
When a person is stressed, it may lead one to experience many different feelings such as anxiety, fear, anger, sadness, or frustration. These emotional feelings can depend on each other and can lead to the production of more chronic symptoms which could lead to worse for a person. Stress could cause the symptoms of depression and stress may harm a person’s mental health. Some of the symptoms of stress which one could undergo include;
BEHAVIORAL EFFECTS OF STRESS
When an individual is subjected to stress, it may lead to the person behaving differently. Stress could make one become withdrawn, have some couple of indecisions as well as inflexibility. It makes one develop some irritable behavioral symptoms. Some behavioral symptoms which are attributed to stress are as follows:
Stress could lead to an individual showcasing cognitive changes which could lead to a change as to how a person perceives himself and the environment. Some of the symptoms which can result in negative cognitive changes to stress are as follows;
The above examples are some of the impacts which stress can cause on a person’s physical as well as mental well-being. The effects of a long subjection in stress could lead to wear and tear on the body which could lead to a permanent state of ‘fight or flight’. When a person is subjected to a state of overwhelming stress for a longer period, it leads to chronic or long-lasting stress which could lead to a thing of concern. Being subjected to a lengthy period of chronic stress can exacerbate and result in many serious health problems.