“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.”
– Lou Holtz, American football player
According to the American Institute of Stress, 77% of people say they regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress. Stress manifests itself differently for everyone, for some stress may cause stomach problems whereas for others it may take the form of a tension headache.
How Does Stress Affect Our Health?
Much of the science of stress remains a mystery. However, recent research has uncovered much about the stress response which explains some of the ways it negatively affects the body. Scientists posit that many of these health issues are triggered by the chemical reactions brought about by the stress response which can change or shut down normal bodily functions.
The Long-Term Effects of Stress
Terri Guillemets once quipped, “If your teeth are clenched and your fists are clenched, your lifespan is probably clenched.” It seems that there is some truth behind this statement, with medical studies finding a clear link between prolonged stress and increased susceptibility toserious health conditions such as such as heart disease, diabetes and depression.
Discover More About the Physical Impact of Stress
If you are curious about the many ways in which stress messes with our bodies, then you should check out the below infographic from Study Medicine Europe. This interesting graphic lays out the details of the stress response and the many ways it can impact our physical wellbeing. It also provides some practical pointers on different ways to cope with stress in high-pressure situations.
Read the infographic below to find out more.