Stress + The Body

Stressful situations may be unavoidable, but how you react to them could have a very big impact on your body.

  • Headaches
    • When stressed, you may contract your muscles, causing stiffness. Muscle contractions in the neck or head can cause tension headaches, which are common and  can range in severity & duration.
  • Breakouts
    • When you’re feeling stressed, your body releases the hormone cortisol. Cortisol increases oil production in the skin, which in turn increases the likelihood of acne + breakouts. Stress can also trigger the brain to halt non-essential tasks, resulting in hair loss. Stress-induced nervous habits like hair twirling can also cause hair loss.
  • Depression
    • Stress is linked to depression + anxiety. In a recent study, researchers found that stress inhabits the growth of new brain cells (neurogenisis) in a part of the brain called the hippocampus. In mice, this caused sustained stress responses and depression.
  • Blood Pressure
    • Stress can trigger high blood pressure + cardiovascular disease by producing surplus adrenaline + cortisol hormones. This can cause an increased or irregular heart rate, constrict blood flow and increase the need of oxygen + the likelihood of blood clots, which can cause heart attacks.
  • Digestion
    • When the fight or flight response is triggered, the body slows or stops digestive function to focus on its energy on possible danger. In periods of moderate or fleeting stress, a partial pause in digestive function can cause pain, discomfort and other gastrointestinal problems.
  • Metabolism
    • Spiked cortisol levels from stress can suppress the appetite and slow digestive functions. This can affect metabolism by changing the way glucose is released in to the bloodstream.
  • Fertility
    • When your body releases too much cortisol (during periods of extreme stress), the brain puts reproductive functions on hold. Cortisol signals your body to stop producing estrogen + progesterone. This cases the irregularities or cessation in your menstrual cycle.

I hope the above has helped you.

Wherever you are in the world, have a lovely day ❤

A, x (1)

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