What happens to your body when you are stressed? Stress is a leading cause of various diseases and disorders, and at the same time can spike your risk of diseases considerably.
While stress had become an inevitable part of our lives anyway, the COVID-19 pandemic has only led to a rise in stress levels. Unemployment, the fear of unknown or uncertainty, loneliness, and the risk of a life-threatening disease have all contributed to the rise in stress.
Work from home practices and online classes have also intruded into the personal lives, claiming the few hours people had to bust stress and feel a little relieved.
Among other diseases and disorders, stress can spike the risk of strokes as well. Strokes can be fatal, and stress management is one of the best ways to reduce your risk of brain disorder.
Know what happens to your body when you are stressed, and why and how it can increase risk of brain disorders such as stroke.
What Happens To Your Body When You Are Stressed?
Stroke And Work-Life Stress
A stroke happens in the brain when it faces no or less supply of oxygen. The causes include leakage of blood into the brain, a clot in the artery supplying blood to the brain, or disruption of oxygen supply to the brain.
A Stroke can happen anywhere, at any time, and to anyone. To reduce the risk of a stroke, the management of stress is essential.
The reasons or causes of stress could be personal and/or professional. Every individual must learn to cope with and manage stress.
It is perfectly normal to acknowledge the stress and reach out for the support, love, and help of other people.
It is equally normal to seek professional counselling, therapy, or support of family members, friends, and loved ones.
How Stress Affects Different Systems Of Your Body
The body sends signals of stress in various ways:
Nervous system: Release of more adrenaline and cortisol which raises blood pressure & sugar levels
Musculoskeletal system: Contraction of muscles for longer periods leading to headaches, migraines, and body aches
Respiratory system: Increase in breathing rate leading to hyperventilation and panic attacks
Cardiovascular system: Inflammation in coronary arteries and an increase in heart rate & chances of suffering a heart attack
Gastrointestinal system: Increase in consumption of food, alcohol, tobacco leading to heartburn, acid reflux, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhoea, and so on.
What You Can Do To Manage Stress, Reduce Risk Of Stroke
Recognizing these signals and making a conscious effort to relieve stress is the only way out.
At the mental level, the following tips and pointers go a long way in changing the attitude towards life and having a positive approach for the best interest of the individual:
- Pay more attention to self – question yourself regarding your mental, physical, and emotional health. Find ways and solution to improve them in the best possible manner
- Listen to the inner voice and pay attention to body signals
- Set a deep breathing and meditation routine
- Express gratitude and blessings to all the good things in your life, especially to family members and friends, nature, and in general too
- Learn to accept and be happy in the current situations
- Let go of bygones and the past
- Budgeting is essential to stay positive in the current circumstances. Spend and save money according to priorities and needs
- Focus and indulge in things and activities that relax and calm the mind
- Work on physical health and switch over to a healthy, nutritious diet. Eat fresh food, fruits and have ample liquids. After all, the stomach is the second brain – a healthy stomach leads to a healthy mind.
Today, the world is facing a stroke epidemic. It is likely that 1 out of 4 adults over the age of 25 years will suffer a stroke, at least once in their lifetime.
If individuals take appropriate and timely action, stroke can be prevented. If each individual consciously focuses on reducing work-life stress by healthy living with the right balance of exercise, nutritious diet, and mental attitude, the risk of stroke can be minimized by 90 per cent.