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How High Stress Levels Effects Your Health

Elements Massage Chandler Village May 15, 2015

We have all heard repeatedly that stress is bad for you. From work-related stress to home/life stress, in our accelerated culture it is easy to feel bogged down, behind the curve, and in perpetual motion trying to catch up to accomplish things. However, that never-ending to-do list can wreck havoc on your health.

Physical Ramifications

Consequences of perpetual levels of high stress can include negative things that affect your physical health such as:

  • Chronic tension headaches, migraines, or behind-the-eye headaches
  • Muscle tension and knots
  • Constriction of the chest muscles
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased risk for heart disease
  • Conditions like diabetes or obesity
  • Stomach problems, including ulcers
  • Insomnia or other sleep complications
  • General fatigue and exhaustion

Mental Ramifications

When it comes to the mental and emotional consequences of sustained high stress levels, the following symptoms may manifest:

  • Sadness, depression, or withdrawal from social life
  • Frequent irritability
  • Quick to anger
  • Higher anxiety levels
  • Feelings of restlessness
  • Overeating or under eating
  • Increased dependence on alcohol or tobacco use
  • Lack of focus, motivation, or creativity
  • Decreased satisfaction with life

Stress is a main culprit in life that can severely diminish your quality of life. Learning how to manage your stress levels through a strategy like regular massage therapy sessions, routine exercise, and incorporating relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation, or tai chi can really help you get a hold on your symptoms and take charge of your health and wellness.

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