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Your Body and Physical Effects of Stress

Physical effects of stress range from weakened immune system, digestive problems, memory problems, pain, heart problems, and infertility. Simply put, stress affects your whole body.

And what is stress? Stress is a complex response involving different body systems. When you are under a threat (real or imagined), your body goes through a stress response. During this stress response, the following body systems are activated:

  • Cardiovascular system
  • Gastrointestinal system
  • Immune system
  • Musculoskeletal system

Watch the following video and learn what happens in your body during a stress response:


A detailed description on what stress does to your cardiovascular, immune, and gastrointestinal system, is in the article Long term effects of stress.

Prolonged or chronic stress can cause a variety of health problems. Continue reading about physical effects of stress here.

How to minimize the effects of harmful stress on your body and mind

There are many choices. You may want to try several techniques or activities before you find what fits you personally. The following are some thoughts:

  1. Eat a healthy and balanced diet. Avoid alcohol, nicotine, coffee, drugs, and stimulants.
  2. Exercise - cardiovascular exercise helps to discharge free flowing adrenalin from the body. Yoga on the other hand helps to deal with muscle tension.
  3. Have fun - find activities that are fun for you - laugh - laughter is a great stress relief tool.
  4. Learn some relaxation techniques - you can start with some breathing techniques.


Related Articles:

Effects of Stress
Effects of Stress on the Brain
Physiological Effects of Stress
Psychological Effects of Stress
Positive Effects of Stress


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Words of Wisdom

The time to relax is when you don't have time for it.
~Sydney J. Harris

Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.
~Chinese Proverb

There cannot be a stressful crisis next week. My schedule is already full.
~Henry Kissinger

Humor, a great stress reliever!
Laugh, be happy and have less stress!
~Catherine Pulsifer




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