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Stress, Affecting Our Lives Negatively

We are all exposed to stress every nowand then. However, some people lead lives which require constantpresence of stress and frustrations. This can be very dangerous fortheir health, since stress, in the long run, affects one's mind andbody in a very negative, even life-threatening, way.

Two Types of Stress

Stress can affect us in two basic ways.Firstly, we might be exposed to short-term stress. As the name itselfsuggests, this stress is a product of an immediate threat and ourreaction to it. Therefore, deadlines, danger of divorce or some othernegative encounters, all belong to this group. This kind of stress islikely to affect our sleeping patterns. Thus, short-term stressexposure is known to trigger insomnia, oversleeping, exhaustion andaches in some parts of our body, mostly the neck, shoulders and back.Sometimes, there are cases where stress of this type is known totrigger headaches or even migraines.

If the cause is more serious, or thestress effect is more prominent, you might even develop a rash orlose your hair. Blood flow problems are common in these situations,making your hands and feet cold due to the redirection of the bloodinto your heart. Heartburn, acid reflux, breathing problems andasthma attacks are all additional effects of severe short-termstress.

As for the long-term stress exposure,this variant is far more dangerous for your body. While being understress for too long, your body may undergo changes and you may startsuffering from depression or anxiety. Additionally, your heart maybecome weaker and more prone to diseases. Also, you may developangina, moving onto your lungs, interfering with your breathinghealth. Thus, heart attacks, hypertension and stroke become quitepossible.

Unfortunately, stress deterioration ofyour body does not stop here. Rather, your immune system may dropseverely, making you vulnerable to infections, digestive problems andpeptic ulcers. If you happen to suffer from a condition already,stress is bound to make it much worse.

Diabetes, appetite disorders, obesity,weight loss, erectile dysfunction and lack of sex drive all add on tothe list of possible problems which go hand-in-hand with long-termstress.

The Treatment

Logically, short-term stress can becured more easily. There are many techniques for handling this typeof stress. You may search the Internet in order to find them, or seekmedical assistance. On the other hand, long-term stress needs to betreated medically, with medications taking care of the symptoms andstress management therapy dealing with the cause of the problems.

Finally, you must be aware of thehealth problems which can be caused by stress and stay persistentwhen it comes to leading a healthy, happy life which will guard youfrom both short and long-term stress.

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