You are stuck in traffic, already late for a very important appointment. You are acutely aware of the minutes ticking away. And then, your hypothalamus, a control tower in the brain, send out the order: Release the stress hormones! Suddenly you notice, your heart starts racing, your breathing quickens, and your muscles become tense. This automatic response is to protect you from emergency and prepare you for a swift reaction. However, when recurrent stress responses keep firing repeatedly, they could become a serious risk to health.
Stress is a natural reaction to our life experiences. Talking about the situations that induce stress, some are unavoidable such as war, financial crunch, diagnosis of a chronic disease, etc. In these instances, it is almost impossible to avoid stress. However, there are other situations, which you can avoid. You can try to evade or manage the levels of stress in them. Don’t let stress take a toll on your health. If you have a subscription to an Internet package, such as Spectrum Packages, you can do your own research about the symptoms of chronic stress.
Symptoms of Chronic Stress
Following are some of the most prevalent symptoms:
Know all the stress symptoms. You may not realize it but the reason for that nagging headache, frequent insomnia, and decreased work productivity could be prolonged stress conditions.
How Stress Affects Our Systems
Central Nervous System and Endocrine Systems
The Central Nervous System (CNS) is an essential in-charge of the ‘flight or fight’ response. The hypothalamus in the brain is responsible for commanding the adrenal glands to release cortisol and adrenaline – the stress hormones. The hormones start revving up the heartbeat. As a result, blood rushes to the areas in acute need such as heart, muscles and so on.
In normal conditions, when the perceived stress or fear is gone, all this mechanism should reverse and go back to the normal state. If the stressor continues to stay, the hypothalamus will not order the systems to go back to normal. Hence, the central nervous system will fail to return to normal too.
Chronic stress also affects behaviors like not eating enough or overeating, drug or alcohol abuse, social withdrawal, etc.
While you are under stress, the liver produces surplus blood sugar/glucose in order to give you an energy boost. Under the state of chronic stress, the body is not capable of keeping up with this surge of extra glucose. This increases the risk and chances of developing Type 2 diabetes.
Rapid breathing, the rush of hormones, and high heart rate (the stress conditions) can upset the digestive system. Acidic stomach with acid reflux or heartburn is a common condition. . Stress can also increase the risk of having new ulcers while aggravating the existing ones.
Stress can also bring on stomach conditions like constipation and diarrhea. Cases of vomiting, nausea, and stomachache are also common in acute stress.
Cardiovascular and Respiratory Systems
Stress hormones affect the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. While you are under stress, you tend to breathe faster and that happens because the body wants to distribute the oxygen-rich blood quickly to the body. If you are already experiencing a breathing condition such as emphysema or asthma, stress can aggravate it. As a result, breathing becomes more difficult.
Under the stressful condition, your heart starts pumping faster. The blood vessels constrict due to a rush of stress hormones. This causes diversion of more oxygen to the muscles, making them stronger. However, it also increases your blood pressure.
If there is frequent chronic stress, the heart will have to work harder for an extended period. This will eventually increase the risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
When you are stressed, the muscles become tense in order to protect themselves from injury. When you are relaxed, the muscles are relaxed too. But if the stress becomes frequent, the muscles don’t get to relax. Tight and tense muscles can cause headaches, shoulder and neck pain and random body aches. Most people stop working out, pertaining to the excessive body pains and turn to medication for pain relief. This can start an unhealthy cycle.
Because of hectic lifestyles and a heap of commitments to fulfill, stress is unavoidable. That doesn’t mean you can’t manage it. Internet is full of expert opinions and studies that can help you manage stress. Just dial Spectrum Internet Customer Service Number to subscribe to a package, and you are good to go!