Stress is something that can have a major impact on your life if it reaches a certain level. There's no one way that stress shows up in your life, as the way it looks depends on many factors. The main thing to keep in mind is that stress has to be identified before you can take measures to deal with it. [Extra resources]. What follows are some of the consequences of stress that are commonly experienced by people today.
Stress that may not seem serious at first, if ignored, can become long term and lead to dangerous consequences. Stress that continues for a long time can lead to anxiety attacks, long term depression or suicidal thoughts in some cases. Such problems can often be avoided if you pay attention to early warnings of stress, which may not seem that serious at first. While small amounts of stress may not seem dangerous, if you don't address the underlying issues, it could turn into something more serious. The sooner you become aware of stress and look for ways to manage it, the less likely that it will lead to more serious problems.
You may not think that stress could cause your skin to break out, but the fact is that it's been connected to a surprising variety of problems. Studies have linked stress with many such skin conditions, as well as hair and nail problems, including hair loss. Stress can interfere with hormone production in our bodies, and this in turn has an impact on the health of our skin, among many other things. It's debatable whether stress is the initial cause of skin problems, but it has been linked with additional zits, blisters or other skin problems. Going to a dermatologist can help you to treat your skin condition, but it's best to also address the underlying problem, which may be stress. There are many reasons for hair loss, many of them hereditary, but in some cases stress can be a factor, and the same is true for early graying of the hair. Both medical conditions and stress can sometimes trigger rapid hair loss or graying of hair.
Researchers and health experts have discovered that stress can reduce our resistance to various illnesses and compromise our immune systems. People who are under the most stress, are the same people who experience the greatest amount of health problems, like more colds, digestive problems and headaches.
It's common, for example, that people who are feeling overworked, or who are going through a stressful problem in their lives, to come down with a bad cold or flu. The purpose of your immune system is to prevent disease from happening to you, but things like stress lower your immunity enough that you can get colds, or viruses. That's why reducing stress can make you less vulnerable to many everyday ailments. Stress can show up in many different ways in peoples' lives. Remember that any type of stress in your life is worth examining. You can more easily cope with stress if you don't try to hide it from yourself, so don't think of stress as something scary or shameful. If you're not able to find ways to reduce stress on your own, seek the advice of a doctor, counselor or therapist.