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