Physical Effects of Stress
These occur as pressure of stress builds up and it affects the body, especially when it is thrown out of balance, and especially where there is no time for the body to re-adjust. It becomes unhealthy stress and not the stress we need to achieve things. With many work patterns these days the body is always being thrown out of rhythm with the unsociable hours, long hours as the impact on the digestive system. Tension and irritability can be manifested as physical symptoms as there is no other way the body can deal with it. So when people find themselves in circumstances that they feel are beyond their control they often subconsciously transfer their feelings to manifest as a physical symptom, some of which
A common one is a headache; it is the feeling of hopelessness or frustration that result I a headache. Not forgetting the organic reasons for headaches, i.e. eyestrain, constipation or
Skin problems such as eczema can be manifested; as it is the way the body reacts if the stress is not dealt with in the rightway. The irritation in the subconscious manifests physically as another form of irritation.
People drink coffee and red bull and other stimulants to keep them awake, especially if they are tired, due to stress. They do help in the short term, but what is in fact happening is they are putting direct physical stress on the internal organs that are responsible for detoxing, i.e. the liver. We get a boost of energy, but it is short term and afterwards feels worse than you did before. It creates a manufactured fight or flight. What happens, you drink more, get stimulated, get addicted and your body stops functioning naturally and you get the physical effects of stress.
The physical symptoms of stress are:
· Frequent illness: sickness, diarrhoea, headaches, and stomach aches: the bodies fight or flight in constant working.
· Head feels hollow: blood diverted from the brain as fight or flight kicks in
· Dry mouth: again the saliva glands in the mouth stop secreting as fight or flight kicks in.
· Chest pains: the muscles are tight and tense.
· Continuous or frequent nausea: again internal emotional reaction.
· Changes in bowel habits: IBS and other causes by the body’s reactions
· Weight gain or loss: lack of appetite or increase in eating due to the stress reaction
· Sleeping patterns change: stress gives us insomnia coupled with fatigue, so we always get the TAT feeling ( Tired all the time)
These are some of the signs and symptoms, in a small quantity they are good as long as you are on the upward curve, once you reach the levelling out stage you need to back down or it becomes a serious problem. People have these reactions when they are nervous, stage fright, interviews nerves and flying for example. But all these pass when the event has passed, often it can focus an individual, especially in interviews and stage fright. Next time you have a classroom based lesson, if you are asked to stand up and introduce yourself, how would you feel, any of the above? Imagine though, if you will, if those above were with you all day every day!!