Do you know that stress kills more people than car accidents? Wait! You said what??
Although, a lot of people know the harmful effect of stress on human health, they rarely give consideration or take measures to prevent it. They often get engaged with their overwhelming day-to-day schedules, worrying too much concerning work issues — forgetting that only a healthy being can be productive.
Little wonder why the World Health Organization has called stress “the health epidemic of the 21st century.”
However, everything is not just about working; working in a good state of mind and health condition increases productivity and helps long life. Moreso, we all have a single life without replacement, and that’s why managing it well is important. “a single life’s worth living well.”
I, therefore, bring to you in this article, three extremely harmful effects of stress and two surefire ways to stay safeguarded.
Stress reduces sex drive:
Do you know that more than 30 million men in the United State have erectile dysfunction or inability to sustain an erection to have sex?
A lot of people don’t actually consider stress as being a problem for their low sex driveability. In fact, the majority will go ahead to take erectile-pills without considering the negative effect it will cause on their health. Most people who complain about low sex drive are either doing a stressful job or working for a long period of hours.
Stress affects both body and mind and basically changes our mood to how we react to different things. The cortisol hormones are one of the hormones secreted in the body when subjected to stress. Meanwhile, medical experts say, an only small quantity of cortisol hormone is needed in the body – for short period of time. But if stress continues for a long period of time, then the body will definitely produce this hormone more than what is required, which will lower the quantity of the sex hormone in the body.
Also, chronic stress may also increase the risk of infection for male reproductive organs like prostate and testes.
Stress reduces immune system:
Don’t be surprised to see that stress can lower or reduce the level of your immunity.
A study was conducted for 11 years on medicals student to know how stress weakens immunity. The researchers however discovered that the students’ immunity went down every year under the simple stress of the three-day exam period. While the test takers had fewer natural killer cells, which fight tumors and viral infections. They almost stopped producing immunity-boosting gamma interferon, and their T- cells responded only weekly to test tube stimulation.
Naturally, the main types of immune cells are white blood cells, which are lymphocytes and phagocytes. This cells can only be affected when the body is stressed beyond average and the immune system loses its ability to fight off antigens. The stress hormone, corticosteroid, can suppress the immune system of the body and allow the body to be easily susceptible to infections.
Stress boost several health problems:
It’s not surprising to see that 79 percent to 90 percent of all doctor’s office visit are for stress-related ailments and complaint. Aside from the fact that stress boosts several health issues, research according to World Health Organization states that one of the results of excess stress is deformity and death.
Chronic stress can cause a variety of symptoms and affect your overall well being. The body reacts to stress symptoms with physical, mental and emotional responses. More So, Stress can play a part in health problem and also contribute to long-term illness in the body, such as heart problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, depression, and anxiety.
Ways to overcome stress:
Don’t overwork yourself
Have you already being tagged as a “workaholic,” or an overachiever in your working place? when it comes to performing several activities without giving yourself a break, the effect can be a deadly one on your health – because accumulated stress can cause a sudden breakdown. Meanwhile, you can always find ways not to overwork your body system in any situation you find yourself.
Besides the 53 percent of Americans who report personal health issues as a result of stress, a whopping 80 percent of these stress is caused by long-term activities – like driving a long distance. Little wonder why experts recommend shipping your vehicle to your destination, whenever you’re planning a trip — rather than driving it.
The best way to overcome stress is by balancing the capacity of your body with the amount of work or activities you can do; a simple and reasonable practice to overcome stress and maintain good health.
- Manage your emotions with your environment
A simple way to avoid stress is by having the ability to manage your emotions under different circumstances and pressure. Sadly, stress has really become a more chronic activity that correlates with the human mind.
However, it’s impossible for people to stop working due to stress; the only way to avoid stress at work is by using emotional intelligence. A research conducted by TalentSmart with more than a million people shows that 90 percent of top performers are skilled at managing their emotions in terms of stress in order to remain calm and in control.
Stress can be a deadly agent to the body causing several serious health issues. But the good news is, “the earlier you start controlling stress the better your health status will become.”
Daniel Moayanda is a content writer, digital marketer and SEO specialist. He is the founder and CEO of a rapid growing business and motivational blog, Perfect Motivations, Inc.
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