Top 10 Things to Know About the
Effects of Stress
Created By : Michelle Hudgins
The Wrong Attitude Significantly Increases
Your Stress Level
We all experience stress, but the pessimists, perfectionists, and those with 'type A' personalities
(to name a few) greatly increase the level of stress they experience in a given event, and even
bring more stressful events into their lives with their self-sabotage thought and behavior patterns.
If you have some of these tendencies, you can significantly reduce the level of stress you
experience with these resources on stress and self-sabotage.
Some Types of Stress Can Be Beneficial
A certain type of stress, known as 'eustress,' is actually necessary and beneficial for a balanced
and exciting life. Eustress is the type of stress you experience when you're riding a roller-coaster
(if you enjoy fast rides), are playing a fun game, or are falling in love. Eustress makes us feel
vital and alive. (Chronic stress, however, is another story!)
You Can Stop Your Stress Reaction Right
When you experience stress, all manner of physiological changes occur to get you in top
physical shape to fight or run. Unfortunately, if you don't calm yourself down relatively quickly,
you could remain in this altered state for too long, and it could take a toll on your health.
Practicing stress relievers like breathing exercises and meditation can calm you down quickly,
returning your body to normal. This doesn't necessarily solve the challenges that triggered your
stress response in the first place, but it does help you to move into a frame of mind where you
are better able to handle these challenges with a clear head. Read more on how to calm down
Even Small Amounts of Stress Can Affect
You may be aware that months spent in a stressful life situation can leave you vulnerable to
illness, but did you know that relatively short periods of stress can also compromise your
immune system, elevating your risk of illness? Sadly, it's true. Learn more about the ways that
stress, especially job stress, can impact your health.
The Way You Think Can Make You Sick
Negative thought patterns and emotional stress can lead to psychosomatic illness, a condition
that's caused at least in part by stress, but has physical symptoms that need to be treated as any
other illness does. If you're concerned about your thoughts and emotions taking a physical toll,
read more on psychosomatic illness and staying healthy.
You Can Prevent a Significant Amount of
Stress in Your Life
Some stress is inevitable, but you can structure your life in ways that buffer you from stress and
stressful events. For example, maintaining a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, and having
at least a few close friendships are all important ways to relieve stress and stay healthy. Find
more ways to relieve daily stress in your life, and prevent some of your stress from ever
Stress Can Age You Prematurely in Many
It may be surprising, but stress can be more of a factor in determining your physical age than the
number of candles you blow out each year. Stress actually speeds up wear and tear on many,
many areas of your body and at all levels, inducing many of the changes we refer to when we
talk about aging.
Not Everyone Experiences Stress In the
Certain inborn personality traits and learned thought patterns can cause two people who live
through the same event to experience it very differently, with one person finding it extremely
stressful and the other finding it only mildly stressful or not at all. Some of these traits you can't
change, but others you can alter to a large degree.
Some 'Stress Relievers' Actually Cause
Most of us have a few less-than-healthy ways of dealing with stress. Unfortunately, most of
these 'bad habits' that feel so good at the time can really cause much more stress in the long run.
If you smoke, drink in excess, spend too much, or handle stress in a way you know may not be
good for you, find resources for understanding how you're affecting your stress levels right now,
and find resources for healthier coping.
By Imagining Your Stress Gone, It Can Be
Certain mental stress relief techniques, such as affirmations, guided imagery, and visualizations,
involve imagining that your stress is gone. And they work! Explore these and other mental stress
relievers, and see which one works best for you.