No matter how bright your smile is first thing in the morning, it doesn’t take long until your smile becomes a frown. The stress that you feel at home can impact you at work, and the stress you feel at work can affect the relationships you have with family and friends. Though you might not realize it, stress can also impact your body in a number of ways. It makes you feel tired and weak and can leave your body exposed to certain diseases. Once you find out more about these impacts, you’ll want to reduce your stress immediately.
Stress Weakens Your Immune System
Have you ever noticed that your supervisor manages to get through the cold and flu season with nary a sniffle while you catch every cold that passes through the office? This might occur because your supervisor experiences less stress than you do. Frequent exposure to stressful situations and long-term stress can weaken your immune system. This reduces the speed at which your body fights infections and viruses, and it can also cause your body to not respond when you catch a cold or flu. A weakened immune system can even lead to autoimmune system problems later.
It Causes Sleep Problems
The way you feel after you get a good night’s sleep makes you feel like you’re on top of the world. You have a spring in your step and feel like you can face anything the world throws at you. When you don’t get enough sleep, you feel tired, irritable and even angry. If you notice yourself falling asleep later, waking up frequently throughout the night or waking up hours before your alarm, you might blame the stress that you experience. Stress can impact your brain and make you feel alert, irritated and even mad long after an event occurs, which can keep you from getting the sleep that you need.
Stress Can Lead to Mental Disorders
Did you know that stress can also increase your risk of developing certain mental disorders? One of the leading causes of both depression and anxiety disorders is stress. Stress can cause fluctuations in your mood, weight and sleep, which can all change the way you respond to those around you and specific situations and lead to emotional or mental disorders. If you want to improve your health and reduce your risk of certain diseases, start watching your stress levels today.