What stress does to your body is quite amazing for sure.
In fact writing an article like this you could quite simply write the words “Everything”
You see stress is the number one bad boy when it comes to making you feel terrible in my view.
I should know as I was an off the scales stress case of the highest order.
I had stress coming out of every orifice of my body for about four years.
I was falling apart, my hair was falling out, my cholesterol was sky high….it was bad.
The weirdest thing of all however, is I would have sworn blind that I wasn’t dealing with stress.
I was Mr chilled out not a care in the world guy.
Now looking back, it was obvious, but at the time I was not in control of what was occurring inside me.
So let’s start breaking down what stress does to your body based on my own experiences.
Stress Isn’t All Bad For Sure
I suppose we should start with saying all stress isn’t bad for you.
In fact a certain amount of stress is needed to keep your body fighting fit, as stress does good things for sure.
If we go back into cave man times (OK i’m thinking the Flintstones here you needed stress.)
Things could eat you, and the the last thing you wanted to be when a sabre tooth tiger was attacking was calm.
That was the time to run faster than you could ever hope to run and get the hell out of there.
Stress releases endorphins and stuff, that means you are ready to either fight or take flight.
It’s a survival mechanism that we need.
That is short bursts of stress of course, the real question behind “What stress does to your body” is based around long term stress.
The kind of stress due to the way that we live now stays with us, bubbling away under the surface.
That is the stress you need to get a hold on if you aren’t going to get into trouble.
What Stress Does To Your Body – Mildest Reactions
Most of the stresses that start to occur once we have been under it for a while are to do with moods.
I remember, (and bear in mind I am a big strapping man), walking around thinking “Don’t say anything mean to me anybody as I will cry.”
I had a build up of emotion under the surface which was never there before.
You can hear the start of my issues on the Beating Burnout Podcast Episode on Join Up Dots when i started to wobble big-time.
You see burnout is a huge part of long term stress, or said in another way it’s the end of the line of emotional distress.
What stress does to your body is amplify all the emotions that you normally get away with feeling so intensely.
You feel heightened anxiety. You certainly feel irritable and want to lash out at people and situations.
You have mood swings, when one minute you want to cry and the next minute punch someones face in.
If you are reading this and thinking “Yeah, i dont normally react to Toy Story 3 like i did last night” are you dealing with stress?
You might be but just dont know it yet?
Jane Evans who appeared on the show twice knows better than most these feelings.
She has built an amazing business teaching people the skills to remove the stresses of life.
What Stress Does To Your Body – Extreme Reactions
Humans needs sleep, and no matter what people tell you more sleep is better.
We all hear the “I can survive on just four hours a night” chants.
It’s not true however, and sleep is the bodies way of recharging and keeping us strong.
When you are dealing with long term bouts of stress your sleep patterns can got out of the window.
Desperately tired at three o’clock in the afternoon, wide awake at 3:00am
Everything inside your body is operating at twice the speed and not as it should be.
Now don’t think that the odd worry that keeps you awake is what we are talking about here.
What stress does to your body is make every single night of pillow punching fury a nightmare.
You just fall to pieces as you never get the rest that you need and deserve.
I was lucky and I never really got depression.
Not the way that I understand depression to be at least.
I am a happy go lucky bouncy person so I suppose this helped me.
Depression is a killer and can lead you to some very, very dark places indeed.
If you think that you are depressed (even if you haven’t claimed it as a symptom of stress) then head to your Doctors.
There are many different support groups and medicines that you can take to get back on track.
You don’t have to be frightened of tablets either.
They are just a little helper for when you can’t do it all on your own.
It is astonishing to hear the amount of people that take their own lives nowadays.
America, which should be one of the happiest places on Earth due to it’s wealth has the worst suicide rate ever.
There are of course many reasons why people want to take their own life.
I think a lot of this is to do with the social stress that people are under nowadays.
It’s so easy to see what other people are doing in their lives and think that we are missing out.
Unfair comparisons are around us, day after day everywhere we look.
Stress to compete with the world can end up with some poor individual ending it all.
The stress becoming to much to cope with, until they feel they only have one way out.
Please, please do not allow the clues we have spoken about on this page to get to this point.
Stress doesn’t occur other night, you just need to keep your eyes open to how you are feeling.
What Stress Does To Your Body – Surprising Stress Symptoms
Growing up most of get a bit of acne here and there.
It’s annoying but nothing to worry about in the long term for most of us.
But stress can do some surprising things to our body when we least expect it.
All of these “so called surprises” are actually clues to something bad happening inside us.
If your kids are going through the exam seasons there is a good chance that the old pizza face will get worst.
They are under stress and anxiety as they revise like maniacs to get the grades they want.
So is it a surprise that with all this turmoil going on their skin might reflect it in a negative way?
Of course it isn’t, so if you are suddenly finding that you are getting spots again after many years of being free then take note.
You might be having a battle going on inside your body which of course is the stress.
What stress does to your body is more often than not a tightening of your muscles.
Imagine sitting at your desk all day, and consider the aches and pains in your shoulders and neck.
“Ooh i could well do with a massage tonight” you say to your colleague sitting next to you, rubbing their own pains.
Well constant tightening can be a trigger of unexpected and prolonged headaches.
One study that was carried out in over 267 people found that a stressful event was the trigger for over 45% of the cases.
So yeah, i know what you are thinking “That means that 55% of headaches had nothing to do with stress.”
That is true, but we are trying to highlight what stress does to your body not give you a medical report.
It’s just another thing to think about.
General Illness and Sickness
We all get colds and sniffles, but if you find yourself on a conveyor belt of wet hankies then stress could be to blame.
Stress can cause havoc with your immune system leaving you open to those horrible germs.
I remember working in the City Of London under quite extreme stress.
For about a year I always had a cold or some niggling illness.
I would always blame working in an office, or travelling on public transport as the causes.
Now I have been through and out the other side of stress, and know what stress does to your body, i wouldn’t say the same.
Now I would look at my lifestyle and working conditions and consider ways I could chill out a bit.
Forget The Sexy Times
I would be amazed (although I know it happens) if the majority of adults didn’t want a bit of sexy-time.
As a man we are programmed to want a few special cuddles every now and again.
Actually i must rephrase that “As much as we can get our hands on.”
During high levels of stress your hormones that build up libido and sexual desire can do strange things.
Instead of diving under the duvet with the excitement of a teenager it all becomes a bit “mess and effort”
You start to make excuses, looking through Netflix for a binge watch instead.
Sexy-time is important in a relationship and great for your health too.
So keep this change in Libido at the forefront of your stress alarm.
It could just be one the things what stress does to your body that isn’t good.
Summary To What Stress Does To Your Body
As the host and founder of Join Up Dots, I should have a stress free life.
I have created something amazing, profitable and fun to work and live with.
But that wasn’t the case, and just two years ago I was literally on my knees.
Gout, pain, cholesterol, hair-loss, loss of appetite everything stress related was on top of me.
I just didn’t have the knowledge of what was causing the issues.
Or that i was even dealing with stress at all.
If you have any doubts or concerns then either drop us a line through the contact form.
Or as mentioned in the post you can connect with Jane Evans an amazing UK stress expert.
Check out Jane here, when she appeared on the Join Up Dots Podcast