What Stress Does to Your Body And Mind.

What Stress Does to Your Body And Mind.

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Everyone knows how important it is to stay on top of your health. You can exercise and eat right, but other problems can persist if you are not careful. One of the biggest health issues of today is stress and anxiety. Whether you worry about your job or financial security, or even the future, your body and mind are experiencing problems, too, and here are some common issues to look out for. 

Insomnia and Exhaustion 

The endless cycle of not being able to sleep and being exhausted the next day is a common occurrence for those who suffer from extreme stress. You might be worried about your workload and important projects that could make or break the company, or you are concerned about finding established medical malpractice attorneys to help friends and family in need. Whatever the reason for your insomnia, you feel too tired to do anything throughout the day, and this can affect your physical health, which begins a slippery slope towards more severe issues. 

Performance Issues 

Stress can have a significant impact on performance issues at work, at the gym, and even in the bedroom. You find it impossible to take your mind off the stress and anxiety that has surrounded your life, and this means you are not able to perform the way you - and others - know you can. This could lead to damaged relationships, failed projects, and abandoning your previously successful fitness routine, all of which can be difficult to repair even after you have overcome stress. 

A Lack of Focus

These performance issues can also bleed into your ability to focus, and this is not merely something that will affect you at work. People suffering from chronic stress will find it impossible to pay attention to anything, whether at home watching TV or reading a book, or even sitting on the bus or - worryingly - while driving. In this instance, you are not only putting yourself at risk, but you’re putting others at risk, too, and this could cause significant problems, making you a danger to the public. 

Raised Blood Pressure

High blood pressure can happen due to a bad diet and a lack of exercise, but it will also happen if you feel overwhelmed with stress. Understanding the dangers of hypertension will make you realize why this is something you need to avoid. Cardiac arrests, strokes, and other severe medical problems can all strike when you least expect it, even if you think you are fit and healthy. If you have any habits that can contribute to this, such as smoking or drinking, it is time to cut down or kick them as soon as possible.

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind 

Finding ways to relieve stress will vastly increase your health. But it is not as simple as that. While you can push the stress down for a while, it will crop up again. Instead, you need to learn how to cope with stress and find the best techniques to overcome it so that you can stay healthy and happy in body and mind. 

National Council on Aging (NCOA) Guide

Mindful eating and exercise can help reduce high blood pressure, but do you know that getting less than 6 hours of sleep can actually make it worse? That’s why NCOA created a guide to Aging and Sleep to assist the 60% of older adults who have high blood pressure get the deep rest they need.

You’ll see this guide includes information on: 

  • How sleep changes as we age
  • How to identify sleep disturbance triggers
  • How to maximize sleep quality
  • Strategies for better sleep
  • Sleep hygiene ideas

Plus, the NCOA provides an actionable PDF checklist that readers can use to track their sleep and take to their doctor. Check it out on the link above! x Neil.