How Chronic Stress Affects Your Health

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Unfortunately, chronic stress and health go hand-in-hand. We all go through stressful periods in life. With that being said, some people go through more stress than others. But how does this stress affect your health? Unfortunately, stress can greatly influence your health both mentally and physically and Holy Cross wants to tell you how, as well as how to combat chronic stress in order to keep your mind clear and worry-free.


Physical Health

If you’re suffering from chronic stress, then you already know how taxing this stress can be on your body. Going through stressful times are physically exhausting, and can really take a toll on your day-to-day life. You may find yourself suffering through an increased rate of migraines, as well as weight fluctuation. Sometimes stress can even give your body aches, and make you feel physically ill – especially when suffering through daily chronic stress.

However, it doesn’t just end there when it comes to how stress affects your health. There are other long-term effects that need to be known when it comes to daily chronic stress. Chronic stress has been linked to diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer. It’s important that you go through daily de-stressing routines in order to lower these risks. Practice breathing exercises, drink plenty of water and do fun daily activities that will release stress such as exercising or cooking.


Mental Health

Of course, chronic stress does not just affect your physical health – it also greatly affects your mental health as well. This stress can cause mood swings that go from high to low. It can make you much more irritable and will drain you emotionally very quickly.

Many studies have also shown a direct correlation between chronic stress and mental health disorders such as depression and anxiety disorders. In extreme cases, high levels of stress in situations can even cause people to develop PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder). It’s important that if you believe you are suffering from chronic stress, you take the steps necessary to reduce it – your mind will thank you for it.


Unfortunately, it’s impossible to completely avoid stress. Whether it’s because of work, relationships or some other outside source, stress is just a normal part of life. However, chronic stress can affect your health both physically and mentally. Do you need someone to talk to? Holy Cross Counseling can help.

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