Stress is part of our everyday life, cause we go through with everyday whether from work, hard times, or relationship. But what matter most is how we can control the stress we go through. In this article we’ll be looking at some ways stress affect our body systems.
1. Nervous System
Your nervous system causes hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol to be released. These increase your heart rate, your blood pressure, and the glucose levels in your blood—all of which enable you to respond quickly to danger. Too much stress can lead to irritability, anxiety, depression, headaches, insomnia.
2. Musculoskeletal System
Your muscles tense up to protect you from injury. Too much stress can lead to body aches and pains, tension headaches, muscle spasms.
3. Respiratory system
You breathe faster to take in more oxygen. Too much stress can lead to hyperventilation and shortness of breath, as well as panic attacks in those who are prone to them.
4. Cardiovascular system
Your heart beats faster and harder to distribute blood throughout your body. Blood vessels dilate or constrict to direct blood where your body needs it the most, such as in your muscles. Too much stress can lead to high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke
5. Endocrine System
Your glands produce the hormones adrenaline and cortisol, which help the body react to stress. Your liver increases your blood-sugar level to give you more energy. Too much stress can lead to diabetes, lower immunity and increased illness, mood swings, weight gain.
6. Gastrointestinal system
The way your body processes food is disrupted. Too much stress can lead to nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation.
7. Reproductive system
Stress can affect sexual desire and function. Too much stress can lead to impotence, disrupted menstrual cycle.