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How stress affects the body and mind

Posted Jun 30 2009 9:02pm

Stress affects both the mind and the body in the most detrimental ways possible. It can force
someone into a total mental breakdown and destroy them mentally and it can cause the
immune system to virtually shut down, inviting in all sorts of disease, including cancer. We said
it before in this workbook and we will continue to say that stress is a killer.
The mind goes through much turmoil when it
comes to stress. No matter if the stress is self
induced or is an outside stressor, the mind will
end up shutting down emotionally so that it can
cope with the constant stress. A person who is
lively and active may become withdrawn when
they are over stressed. This is because the
mind can only handle a certain amount of
stimulation at a time. When your body is over
stressed, your mind will not be able to cope so it
will shut down.
Eventually, stress will take its toll on you to the point where you cannot get up out of bed in the
morning. You may be afraid to get up and leave the house. You may suffer from both anxiety
and depression. You will eventually have to see a doctor or, in the worst case scenario, have to
check into a hospital for treatment.
The first thing that you will notice is the impact of stress on your body. You may feel your heart
beating faster than normal and also feel that you are snapping at people more often. You may
feel rushed or under pressure all of the time and feel that there is no way out. You may
experience panic as many people who undergo severe stress do. A panic attack has
symptoms that are very similar to a heart attack. As a matter of fact, many people who have a
panic attack wind up in the hospital thinking that they are having a heart attack. Your heart will
be pounding, your ears ringing and your palms sweating. You may have trouble breathing and
feel as though someone is standing on your chest. You may also feel dizzy or faint. All of these
are signs of both heart attack and panic attack. When someone has a panic attack, they are
often surprised to learn that there is nothing wrong with their heart.
The mind goes through much turmoil when it
comes to stress. No matter if the stress is self
induced or is an outside stressor, the mind will
end up shutting down emotionally so that it can
cope with the constant stress. A person who is
lively and active may become withdrawn when
they are over stressed. This is because the
mind can only handle a certain amount of
stimulation at a time. When your body is over
stressed, your mind will not be able to cope so it
will shut down.
Eventually, stress will take its toll on you to the point where you cannot get up out of bed in the
morning. You may be afraid to get up and leave the house. You may suffer from both anxiety
and depression. You will eventually have to see a doctor or, in the worst case scenario, have to
check into a hospital for treatment.
As for the body, stress will wear you down to the point where your immune system is not
functional. You will find that you are getting more colds and are sicker more often because of
the stress. Many in the medical community link stress to a host of different disease, including
cancer. You need to have lucid techniques to handle your stress if you are to be emotionally
competent and be able to live a healthy life.

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