Hello All, Firstly i’m pleased to see you hear again, today we are going to look at Can Stress Weaken Your Immune System. When stress gets out of control it can cause various different problems for your immune system.
Stress is something a lot of us can just deal with and take in our stride, it’s a part of our every day life. But It can also take over our lives and cause a lot of damage if left untreated.
There are many different ways you can tell if your immune system is having a problem. You get a cold that just won’t go away. It stays for weeks and weeks. If you cut yourself and it takes a long time to heal, feeling very tired all of the time is another sign.
We are going to dive into a few of the short and long term effects of the two different types of stress. Acute and Chronic.
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- Effects of stress
- More serious long term effects of stress
- How to manage the effects of stress
- My Final thoughts
Effects of Stress
People are often away from home studying at university or working away and the being away from all that is familiar can make you feel home sick and bring on stress.
Signs of stress, your pulse and blood pressure rise, your breathing becomes rapid, Your muscles become ready to flee.
Low levels of stress can take the form of the common cold, and cold sores caused by the lowering of white blood cells. These blood cells are what Fight infections.
If you suffer from high levels of stress you can become anxious, have panic attacks and suffer from depression As well as an increase in inflammation. In the long-term, sustained, high levels of inflammation often lead to an overworked, over-tired immune system that can’t function properly leading you to not being protected.
More Serious Long Term Effects Of Stress
If you cannot control high levels of stress, then chronic inflammation can occur and this can contribute to the development of many diseases of the immune system such as:
“Lupus is a systemic autoimmune disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your own tissues and organs. Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many body systems — including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs.” (1)
Fibromyalgia affects the muscles and causes a great deal of pain all over the body as well as fatigue, it can resemble the pain associated with arthritis.
Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes red, flaky, skin covered with silvery scales. These patches can appear anywhere on your body but they are most common on the knees and elbows. The majority of sufferers are only affected with small patches.
Inflammatory bowel disease is a combination of 2 disorders, Ulcerative colitis only affects the colon. Crohn’s disease can affect any part of the digestive system.
How To Manage The Effects Of Stress
- Exercise is a very important thing to do to help you if you are stressed.
- Drinking less caffeine for example Tea, Coffee, Coke and energy drinks.
- Keeping a diary, writing things down when they happen can help you to learn what the triggers are.
- Being around family and friends, talking and being social able, relaxing and taking your mind off it.
- Meditation is another way to help you to feel relaxed.
- Practice deep breathing, you can find exercises to help you.
- Changing your daily routines, do different things with your day.
- Laughter is a fun way to de stress, I know you might not feel like it, but it does help.
- Hugging gives you a warm cuddly feeling all over.
- There are supplements that can help you out.
- Practicing Yoga is great for mental health.
- Eat a proper balanced diet
- Make sure you get enough sleep, the body needs more when it is stressed.
- Seek medical advice from a psychologist, your doctor will be able to help with this.
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My Final Thoughts
Stress can be caused by many situations, moving house, having a baby, getting married, Relationship problems, your job, money worries and worrying about what others think of you.
A lot of people can breeze through life and only be stressed for short periods of time and it’s not a big deal to them. In fact, it can help them to get through the day.
Others who suffer from it regularly over time it takes over their lives completely, this is the kind that can cause the immune system to go out of control and cause Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Psoriasis and Inflammatory bowel disease.
You can see the huge importance of managing the effects of stress. The sooner you do something about it the better you will be able to cope. Don’t let stress ruin your life.
I’m pretty sure you didn’t realize just how bad it can be, and neither did I until writing this article.
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