Though so many of us know that stress can be harmful, avoiding anxiety seems to be almost impossible. In fact, stress can lead to anxiety, essentially perpetuating itself in a brutal cycle that can leave you feeling drained. If you've experienced high levels of stress, I'm sure you've wondered, "Can stress make you sick?" The answer is, unfortunately, "Yes."
Stress affects your body in many ways, and it can quite easily influence your immune system. Indeed, it's amazing how powerful your brain can be, especially during times of nervousness. So, if you're wondering how exactly stress can affect your body, and cause sickness, read on.
Can stress make you sick? To understand the answer, you'll have to understand how your body reacts to high levels of stress. There are many ways in which stress can impact your body, from stomach pain to diarrhea.
Stress can increase your heart rate, a sign to your body that there is something wrong. The interesting thing about the increase in your heart rate when anxious is that it's relatively similar to the increase from exercise. In a way, you body begins to feel taxed and worn even though you haven't been exercising at all.
The increase in blood pressure people feel when in anxious situations is related to an increased heart rate. Your brain signals your body, telling you to increase adrenaline and BPM. Some people who experience extreme stress (couple with other factors) are prone to extreme changes in blood pressure very quickly. When this happens, and blood pressure rises unexpectedly from stress, some individuals can pass out. This is call syncope.
Stress, especially that which is long-term, can cause headaches and nausea. Rather than appearing on its own, nausea is often accompanied by other symptoms of stress/anxiety.
Stress drains your body. It occupies your mind, causes your brain and your immune system to work in a state of panic, and can make getting good sleep difficult. For those reasons and more, fatigue is a side effect, a symptom, of severe stress. Like nausea, fatigue seems to appear with other issues rather than by itself.
Keeping in mind the ways in which your body can react to stress, including increased heart rate, blood pressure, nausea, and fatigue, is should come as no surprise that there are illnesses that can develop from stress. Can stress make you sick? Yes. Because your body is slowly attacking itself.
Of the health issues that can come from long-term stress, there are four that are most prevalent.
When you feel stress, your body/brain thinks something is wrong. As it should. Its response is to release chemicals, like the ones that increase heart rate and blood pressure. Unfortunately, these can also cause the stomach to produce its own hormones. These, in an attempt to make your intestines toxin-free, can cause stomach pain and diarrhea.
The hormones also shut down your small intestine which means, after the diarrhea, you can begin to feel constipated as well. So, can stress cause diarrhea? Yes. Can stress cause constipation? Also yes.
As mentioned above, nausea/dizziness is a response from your body when you feel anxious. Anxiety, especial long-term stress, can lead to nausea and dizziness on a more extreme scale than most people are used to.
In addition to nausea, stress can cause migraines and tension headaches. The strain on your brain, coupled with the lack of sleep that so many anxious individuals suffer from, can make headaches begin with relative ease. Tension headaches occur at the back of your head, from ear to ear, and can last for hours.
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