Can Stress Weaken Your Immune System

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

  1. Exercise is a very important thing to do to help you if you are stressed.
  2. Drinking less caffeine for example Tea, Coffee, Coke and energy drinks.
  3. Keeping a diary, writing things down when they happen can help you to learn what the triggers are.
  4. Being around family and friends, talking and being social able, relaxing and taking your mind off it.
  5. Meditation is another way to help you to feel relaxed.
  6. Practice deep breathing, you can find exercises to help you.
  7. Changing your daily routines, do different things with your day.
  8. Laughter is a fun way to de stress, I know you might not feel like it, but it does help.
  9. Hugging gives you a warm cuddly feeling all over.
  10. There are supplements that can help you out.
  11. Practicing Yoga is great for mental health.
  12. Eat a proper balanced diet
  13. Make sure you get enough sleep, the body needs more when it is stressed.
  14. Seek medical advice from a psychologist, your doctor will be able to help with this.

If you would like to learn more you can read about alternative methods to Master Stress Naturally Here.

 

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.

 

I wish to thank you very much for taking the time out of your busy day to read this. If you have a question or would like to leave a comment you can do so below. I love hearing from you and I will always reply back to you.

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Take great care of yourself because you are worth it.

Lisa.

This Article, does not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
The information contained in this website is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always consult a doctor or other qualified health provider regarding any questions you may have about a medical condition or any health issues.

 

Information Sources:

#1 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lupus

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14 thoughts on “Can Stress Weaken Your Immune System”

  1. Hi Lisa,

    I absolutely loved one of your suggestions on your list of the ways to manage the effects of stress.

    Granted, there are things that we may see and hear everyday.

    However, something as simple as “hugging”, well you don’t see many people mentioning that, and it is probably one of the best stress relievers there is.

    I typically exercise everyday and find it helps with the release of the “happy hormones” like seratonin and dopamine.

    Also, over the last couple of years I’ve started to meditate and write in a journal, much like you’ve suggested.

    I really do think it makes a huge difference to my stress levels.

    Thanks for an awesome read Lisa and keep up the great work.

    Partha

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    • Hi Partha,

      I’m absolutely thrilled you enjoyed the article. Hugging is as you say a huge stress reliever. I’m happy your stress is under control, as I’m sure you are aware it can turn very quickly the other way.
      I appreciate your thoughts and comments, thank you very much.

      Lisa

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  2. Hi Lisa,

    I love your website and your articles are very important topics. This article resonates with me a lot because I was getting quite stressed when the Covid-19 came in. I started to drink a bit more alcohol than before, and I reduced how much exercise I was doing. But, I realised that by drinking more alcohol was enhancing the stress not reducing it.

    So now I reduced my alcohol intake and started exercising a bit more and I have been able to relax a lot more too.

    It’s great to go through your other tips, including caffeine. I need to reduce my caffeine intake too.

    Thank you for sharing and keep up the amazing work.

    All the best,

    Tom

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    • Hi Tom,

      Thank you very much for the very positive comments. I truly appreciate you taking the time to read and share your thoughts.you have realized what you were doing wasn’t the best way to go forward, I commend you on your sensible actions.
      Thanks again
      Lisa

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  3. Those fourteen tips on how to deal with the stress are golden! I personally practice exercise, deep breathing, and meditation mostly. This list is very helpful and I’ll add a few more to my arsenal now. Stress is the number one enemy today, and I agree with you, the sooner you start managing your stress levels, the better for your overall health. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Hello Ivan,

      I’m very happy the tips work for you. Stress can be awful if it takes control.
      Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts and leaving a comment.

      Reply
  4. Stress is a big killer I believe but in a very slow and painful way. I have seen it take hold of a healthy young man and cause him to become so weak he can no longer do things for himself. Education is the key to stress and you are doing a great job with the article to educate others on the importance of controlling stress in our lives. Awesome article keep up the work.

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    • Hi Rick,

      You are so right, our daughter suffers badly with stress and anxiety, it is very sad to see her struggling. She is an adult now with a mind of her own. I’m hoping to get her to read this soon.
      I appreciate your time and comments thank you 😊

      Reply
  5. You’re right, Lisa, Chronic stress causes a lot of problems. I am so glad I am not stressed anymore.
    I do almost everything of your useful list. Just point 4 has been difficult lately for the obvious reasons 🙂

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  6. Hi, this was very interesting read. I am unfortunately a bit of a ‘stress head’ and I find talking to others helps. I didn’t know it can cause some of the issues you entitled such as lupus etc. Thank you for excellent info.

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  7. There is good and bad stress, and bad stress can affect our mental and physical well being, so this is a great article with many easy tips to implement. I think stress will be a key health hazard moving forward, here’s to more hugging! Thanks for sharing, Phil

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  8. I think stress causes more health issues than people actually realize.
    I had serious problems with my thyroid just when I lost my job and was going through a divorce, at the same time. I didn’t know much about self-help tips that time so I had to have my thyroid removed. I’m ok now.
    Your tips are absolutely perfect and I practise most of them regularly. Yoga, mediation, deep breathing, hugging and having a good laugh, that all helps.

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