When it comes to stressing excessively, both your mind and body can start to become damaged without you even noticing it at first. If you stress excessively, it can start to do harsh things to your mind and body. Below are the physical and mental dangers of excessive stress and what it does to many parts of the body.
Eyes: When it comes to stress, the adrenaline rush from it dilates the eyes improving the vision, but it also triggers eye ticks because the eye muscles start to become fatigued. If stress overstimulated the thyroid gland, the eye muscles may start to bulge.
Mouth: Dry mouth, difficulty swallowing, and bad breath can occur due to stress making us take short shallow breaths.
Muscles and bones: At tense moments when the body is really stressed, the brain sends messages to the muscles, causing them to tighten. Excessive stress can even mess-up the muscles, causing them to be sore and more likely to be sprained or broken.
Hair: When it comes to stressing, hair is usually the first thing to show signs. A stressed body burns nutrients like selenium, which leads to dull hair and premature graying. Stressing excessively can trigger the body’s autoimmune system to attack the hair follicles, causing the hair to fall out.
Skin: Of course as everyone knows, when stress occurs, hormones are released that cause you to have acne and rashes. Some people even break out in hives. When you are under excessive stress, any skin problems that you have will get worse during the times you are stressing badly.
Lungs: The first of many things we do when we are stressed is to hyperventilate due to the body’s fight-or-flight response. Those quick breathes when hyperventilating can cause dizziness and aggravate asthma and other respiratory conditions.
Digestive Tract: When under excessive stress, the brain takes blood flow away from the digestive track, slowing digestion. This results in many problems such as diarrhea, contstipation, irritable bowel syndrome, and and colon spasms, causing even more problems if you continuously stress.
Heart: When the heart is under stress, it pumps faster and harder. Blood pressure rises as the body produces the cortisol hormone, leading to heart palpations and chest pain.
Stress begins in the brain with a surge of hormones that cause the mind to be more alert. At prolong periods, the mind can not function right at that extreme level of stress. When at this level, the mind starts to do the following:
Inability to concentrate
Difficulty coming to decisions
Irritability or frequent anger
Irrational fear and panic attacks
All these are due to the suppression of the hormone that makes us feel well and energized. For more information about the dangers of excessive stress on the body, visit the links below.