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Stress: What It Can Do to You

We all have varying amount of stress in our lives. Even if you don’t think it’s affecting you physically, mentally or emotionally chances are it is. Stress can play a major role in a number of health problems, so it’s important to manage your stress and keep it from causing you problems in the future.

Some of the common effects of stress on your body include:
Muscle tension or pain
Chest pain
Change in sex drive
Stomach upset
Sleep problems

Stress can affect your mood in the following ways:
Lack of motivation or focus
Irritability or anger
Sadness or depression

You may also notice the following changes in your behavior:
Overeating or under-eating
Angry outbursts
Drug or alcohol abuse
Tobacco use
Social withdrawal

According to the Mayo Clinic “Stress that's left unchecked can contribute to health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.” If you notice any of these things happening regularly in your life, you may be overloading your body with stress. There are a number of things you can do to help your body manage your stress. These things include getting plenty of sleep, exercising regularly and taking part in some kind of relaxation activity such as yoga or meditation.

Additionally, eating properly and getting adequate amounts of vital vitamins and minerals can give your body the tools it needs to keep your stress levels from getting out of control. B vitamins in particular are known for their ability to help your body deal with stress effectively. When you’re eating a healthy diet, getting proper amounts of exercise and sleeping enough your levels of stress will likely decrease significantly.

You may not even realize the health concerns you’re dealing with are directly associated to the amount of stress you are under. While it may not be possible to live completely stress-free, there’s a lot we can do to decrease the amount of stress we live with. By taking the time now to take care of yourself, you can avoid more serious health problems down the road.

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