The impact of stress on physical well-being
Stress is one of the most common elements of life, however, too much stress can have adverse effects on the overall well-being.
- Skin and hair: stress can cause hair loss and exacerbate any pre-existing skin conditions, such as eczema or psoriasis.
- Muscles and joints: extreme stress can cause inflammatory reactions, resulting in muscle tension, muscle pain, and joint pain.
- Heart and lungs: stress results in an overproduction of cortisol, which leads to many cardiac and respiratory health issues such as tachycardia, cardiac arrhythmia, cardiac palpitation, the elevation of blood pressure, chest tightness, chest pain, and increases the risk of stroke, asthma, and heart disease.
- Digestive concerns: stress can cause gastrointestinal tract disturbances, such as: stomach ache, abdominal distension, diarrhea, constipation, gastro-esophageal reflux disease, and irritable bowel syndrome.
- Immune system: stress is a risk factor for many autoimmune diseases as stress reduces the functional capacity of the immune system.
- Head and neck: stress can cause headaches (especially tension headaches and migraines) along with neck pain and neck stiffness.