How Stress Can Affect Your Overall Health
You don’t need to be a psychologist to know a lot of people are stressed today. Just take a drive on the interstate during rush hour and you’ll see how stressed people are (before you likely become stressed, too). But do you know that stress can affect your overall health?
Nearly one-quarter of Americans report that they have experienced an excessive amount of stress in the previous month, and psychologists believe that’s probably a lowball figure. Stress and anxiety can take a serious toll on us mentally. It can make us feel trapped, hopeless or angry. It can affect our mood and cause us to turn on family and friends. It can create never-ending loops of anxiety as we begin to stress about our stress.
Stress takes a physical toll
Although we tend to think of stress as something that primarily impacts our mood and mental health, the effects of stress also can take a physical toll that can have serious repercussions. Stress over work can cause us to grind our teeth at night, resulting in tooth pain and weakened enamel that will necessitate a visit to the dentist. Being stressed over financial problems or family strife can cause chronic headaches or digestive trouble. One of the most insidious effects of stress is that it can cause you to neglect your physical health by triggering overeating or drug and alcohol abuse.
Stress does more than put us in a bad mood — it can also put us in bad health overall. If you think your stress is a problem that does nothing more than affect your state of mind, think again. Check out the accompanying guide and understand how stress and anxiety can have physical effects. Yes, stress can affect your overall health.
A Stress Infographic
This infographic was created by McLean DDS.