How Does Stress Affect Health?

We all have stress in our lives, however, most of us accept them as a part of life and carry on without actively managing its effects, this most often leads to chronic illnesses and long term suffering. The direct links between your adrenal glands, stress and your overall well being are widely documented, but why are we so hesitant to understand more and get on top of it?

How Does Stress Affect Health?

According to the American Institute of Stress, up to 90% of all health problems are related to stress, with early ailments such as:

  • Poor digestion
  • Low immunity
  • Compromised reproductive health

Looking at these we can begin to paint a picture of how these ailments can manifest into long term chronic illnesses, often becoming more apparent throughout the functions of our day-to-day lives the longer we ignore them. 

With everyday stress being a major contributor to bigger health issues such as:

  • Chronic stress
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Strokes
  • Cancer
  • Depression
  • Weight Gain
  • Sleep disorders

We can look at these issues and we can begin to see links and patterns stress has to major illnesses. Recognising these illnesses and understanding how they relate to chronic fatigue will enable you to see the signs early on and create an effective plan for restoring your health and vitality. 

What Are The Symptoms?

In this modern-day and age, stress has become rapidly normalised, mismanaged and socially accepted, which is why the early onset symptoms can often be missed. With work and family life constantly competing for your time and attention, we can often get caught up in a whirlwind of what we think of as productivity, this however can eventually result in burnout and chronic fatigue.  

Identifying the markers of stress early on can help you to make small changes in your day-to-day life, incorporating preventative measures will ensure you protect yourself from the long term illnesses brought on by stress and chronic fatigue.

If you are suffering from any of the following symptoms, take a deeper look into how you are managing the stressors in your life. Regaining and retaining your health starts with understanding the signs your body produces when stress is manifesting into something bigger. Do you often feel:

  • Irritable
  • Anxious
  • Depressed
  • Like you suffer from frequent headaches 
  • Plagued by insomnia and difficulty sleeping 

If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, it could be time to find a solution that works for you. 

The Long Term Effects Of Stress

Knowing the long term effects of stress and how it is directly affecting your life will enable you to seek the appropriate treatment for your ailments, though doing this you gain a comprehensive understanding of your overall well being. Stress can seriously affect your:

  • Digestion
  • Immunity
  • Growth
  • Ability to heal
  • Reproductive health

Through a detailed analysis of these areas of our bodies, we can begin to see a picture that is far bigger than ‘everyday stress.’ With the American Institute of stress reporting 77% of people to experience symptoms of stress that directly affects their physical health, it’s clear to see how important it is to manage and effectively treat with professional guidance. 

Chronic Fatigue

Feeling fatigued at the end of a long day is normal, without feeling tired we wouldn't hop into bed and sleep a full 8 hours every night. However, when feeling fatigued takes over your day-to-day life and you're not waking up feeling refreshed, it's time to take a look at what else could be going on.

Stress is one of the biggest contributors to chronic fatigue, by directly affecting the productivity of your adrenal glands, your memory, mood, physical health and concentration are all affected.

The function of the adrenal glands is to produce hormones that help regulate your metabolism, immune system, blood pressure and response to stress, which is why they are so important for your vitality and wellbeing. Your adrenal glands can produce the essential hormones necessary to keep your body at its fittest. 

You may be experiencing chronic fatigue if you have noticed the following:

  1. Feeling tired for no reason, especially in the early morning. 
  2. You're having trouble waking up in the morning, even after a full night’s sleep.
  3. You're feeling run down most of the time.
  4. You have difficulty bouncing back from illnesses. 
  5. You’re craving salty or sweet snacks for energy. 

High Energy Is A Natural State

Beating chronic fatigue naturally means taking an invested interest in your health and wellbeing, and the journey begins with undertaking dietary and lifestyle changes that will promote the function of your adrenal glands. By doing this, you will increase your energy levels naturally so your motivation will be naturally restored. 

How To Stop Feeling Stressed:

1. Eat Well

Taking a primary focus on your diet is the first step in mindfully managing your stress and nourishing your body. 

2. Get Enough Sleep

Regenerating yourself through adequate sleep is the most restorative way for you to get on top of chronic stress.

3. Exercise

Get your endorphins pumping by moving more, this will have a rippling effect for the other areas of your life, giving you more sustained energy and stamina. 

4. Meditate

Set time for yourself. Stop and pause at least once a week will have numerous benefits on your mental wellbeing and physical strength.

5. Connect With Loved Ones

Meaningful human connection plays a big part in the way we respond to and manage stress. Taking time to talk to and spend time with your loved ones will make you feel calmer and will foster a sense of meaning to your health and wellbeing. 

Looking For The Answer?

If you are worried about the effects stress is having on your life, you should seek advice from an experienced professional. The team at Beat Fatigue work with stress and its ongoing ailments every day, they can provide you with ongoing support and treatment that works. Get in touch today on +64 (09) 488 0208.

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