Stress Management

Stress and the Immune System

The effect of stress on the immune system is well documented. Long-term stress has a documented effect on the immune system. It is related to the incidence of various medical conditions and illnesses such as hypertension and heart disease and can aggravate condition such as cancer and diabetes.

Stress can result in a number of other physiological problems such as headaches and body aches. A number of research studies have revealed that there is a deep link between stress and the tendency to catch colds and upper respiratory infections. Doctors have reported that many patients are actually suffering from a single underlying condition, namely stress.

There are a number of stressors that influence our immune systems. Stressors could be in the form of a sense of hopelessness, frustration, despair and a withdrawal into our inner selves. These stressors result in our assuming a negative attitude. A negative attitude reduces the power of the immune system’s capability to fight infection. Stress increases the ability of free radicals to cause oxidative damage to the body’s cells.

In order to reduce the effect of stress on our immune system and our health, we need to learn how to manage and cope with stress. Stress management techniques play a significant part in reducing the effect that stress has on our immune system.

It is important that you make the right choice of nutrition, get plenty of exercise and fresh air. It is equally important to learn how to relax and lighten up once in a while to reduce stress.