Stress Management

Stress Management - Medical Risks of Stress

What is Stress?
In today’s busy life everyone is aware of stress. It can be defined as a three way relationship between the demands on people, their feelings and their ability to cope with them.

Stress is caused on account of a combination if the following factors.
When the demands are high.
We have very little control over those demands.
There is little or non existent external support.
 
Who is Affected Most by Stress?

All most all people experience stress. Studies prove that some people are more prone to stress than others. External factors however play a very important part in making people susceptible to stress.

Older people, women especially working mothers and pregnant ladies, divorced or widowed people, people facing financial problem, the unemployed, people facing health problems, people who face discrimination are all highly susceptible to stress.
 
People having high anxiety levels are facing more stress to some events than the healthy people. If stress is not dealt with, it will certainly result manifest itself in the form of heart disease or other infections. Care givers, children and some medical professionals are also found in higher risk for stress related disorders.

Stress relating to the job is also encountered by a lot of people.  A worker faces many problems due to stress. Stress can cause lack of concentration and fatigue. It can increase the chance of illness, back problems, accidents and can lead to a lot of lost time. In the worse case scenario, stress can result in heart problems and death. As a matter of fact, the Japanese use the word, karoushi, for sudden death on account of overwork.
 
Medical Affects of Chronic Stress

Stress responding to our body is just like an airplane ready to take off. All the systems in the body, the  heart and blood vessels, the immune system, the lungs, the digestive system, the sensory organs and the brain are affected in response to stress.

Research and studies have found that a stress filled life raises the chances of heart diseases. Stress is also a trigger which releases hormones and pushes people to maintain unhealthy habits such as smoking

People who are under stress are twice as likely to die from stroke, than their peers who do not have stress. It is seen that women are  more susceptible to the effects of stress than men. Whether the disease come from one single event or from a number of events, stress always causes major physical alterations that often lead to health problems.

These are the some of the lists of these changes.
  • The heart rates increases, while moving blood to our muscles and brains.
  • Breathing rate increases.
  • Blood pressure goes up.
  • Digestion slows down.
  • Perspiration rate increases.
  • Over a period of time, stress weakens our responses and immune system.

Stress also raises the risk of
  • Headaches
  • Backaches
  • Depression
  • Heart attacks.
  • High blood pressure
  • Depression
  • Strokes
  • Dependence on alcohol and drugs.
  • Allergies and skin diseases
  • Cancer
  • Asthma
  • Weaker immune system
  • Cold and inflections.

We should learn how to relieve ourselves of stress, as it can create a number of health problems for us over a period of time.