Why Stress Is Bad For Your Body (And Mind) And What To Do About It

Stress Management

We’ve all heard people talk about being stressed out and most of us acknowledge feeling that way from time to time. Up to a point, stress is a normal part of life. But when stress becomes chronic, it can contribute to, and even cause, a host of health problems. In some situations stress can be an appropriate and even lifesaving response to events, according to the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH). For example, if you are faced with a car accident up ahead and have to quickly swerve to miss it, your body releases chemicals and hormones causing your pulse to quicken. You breathe faster, your muscles tense and your blood pressure goes up, too. Your brain uses more oxygen and increases activity so you react as fast as possible, with every part of your being aimed at survival. In less dramatic situations, such as being called upon to present a speech, you can also feel stress reactions in your body …