Yes, it will. It’s no secret that too much stress can affect how we feel and think, so it makes sense that too much of it can make a lasting impact on our health.

This is another reason that the coronavirus pandemic has been so tough on our society. Obviously, the direct medical impact of the virus has been awful in and of itself, but the additional stress that it has put on our daily lives has been yet another negative that the world has had to deal with. Read on as our team at AFC Urgent Care Farragut further explains.

How Does Chronic Stress Affect My Body?

Among many things, chronic stress can contribute to long-term problems for the heart and blood vessels. When you become stressed, your body releases a “fight or flight” hormone that increases your heart rate.

When you are chronically stressed, this consistent and ongoing increase in heart rate, and the elevated levels of stress hormones and blood pressure, can take a toll on the body. We’ve listed some more physical impacts that chronic stress can have below.

More Physical Impacts of Chronic Stress

  • Low energy
  • Headaches and body aches
  • Frequent sickness
  • Upset stomach and digestive issues
  • Cognitive, behavioral and emotional problems

How Can I Reduce the Effects of Stress in My Life?

Especially this year, we’re all struggling with managing stress. However, even though stress levels are high, there are still ways that we can lessen those feelings.

One of the best current ways to reduce stress is by taking a social media and news break. “Doomscrolling” is a trendy new word, but it is not a good habit. In addition to the suggestions that we’ve listed below, spend some time away from your phone to get your mind back in order.

More Ways to Reduce Stress Levels

  • Try meditation or yoga. Breathing is a wonderful way to activate the body’s parasympathetic nervous system, which leads to more feelings of relaxation.
  • Stay connected with friends and loved ones.
  • Read more. Reading can be a healthy entertainment alternative and reduces feelings of anxiety and stress.
  • Spend time outdoors. Even if it’s cold outside, a little time in nature has been linked to increased feelings of contentment.

Our team at AFC Urgent Care Farragut is passionate about your well-being! If you have questions about your health and wellness, don’t hesitate to reach out today.