Here's How Stress Affects Your Health

Stress can seem like an inescapable part of everyday life, especially as the seasons change and fall gets underway. Still, stress puts your whole body through the ringer, not just your mind and emotions. It's important to do what you can to reduce stress in your life and protect your health. At Monarque Health & Wellness, our experienced care team supports patients in the Ashland, Oregon, area through all of life's stresses. We work with you to identify the impacts of intense or chronic stress on your health, and to reduce your overall stress levels, if possible.

Under pressure

When you're under stress, your body and mind are pushed to perform at high levels. Your natural evolutionary instincts prime your body to survive in times of danger. When you’re experiencing too much stress, too regularly, it can leave you physically depleted, exhausted, or out of balance. You might be tired all the time, or you might feel restless.

When you're worn out with stress, you're also a lot more likely to over- or under-eat, leading to problems with your digestion, metabolism, and energy levels. Ironically, stress also causes sleep issues. Even though you feel terribly tired, you may struggle to get to sleep, or to sleep soundly through the night.

Your stress might even be causing you to experience physical pain. Stress is a major source of headaches and general muscle tension, and can also lead to painful sensations in your chest. Problems with your digestion due to stress can result in stomachaches.

Emotional symptoms

On top of physical health problems, stress can leave you emotionally unbalanced. Emotional symptoms of stress aren't just inconvenient. Mental health conditions including depression and anxiety are serious illnesses that need treatment just as much as physical debilities.

Stress also causes irritability. If you feel too angry, too often, or find yourself getting very frustrated or overwhelmed by the daily problems of your life, you might be carrying too much stress.

When you're able to identify your symptoms as the result of stress, you're on the path toward healing. If you're not sure if stress is causing your health problems, our team at Monarque Health & Wellness can rule out other causes. If your stress is the real problem, we work with you on identifying the right strategies or therapies to address your symptoms. We'll continue to support you as you work on dealing with the root causes of your chronic or acute stress and optimizing your health. To schedule a consultation with a member of our team, call our office today, or book your appointment online.

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