Stress can make us sick. Stress is not just a feeling; it is actually a physiological response that is built into our bodies, which provides us with the tools to handle a threat (http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-0-230-30617-2_2). Many people experience perceived threats in their everyday lives, and the body responds in the same manner as with real threats.
Some of the physiological effects include blood vessels constricting, the pulse going up, blood pressure rising, pupils dilating, changes in urine output, digestion issues, muscles tensing, and blood clotting increasing (http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/understanding-the-stress-response). When the stress response becomes chronic, it can lead to health problems.
The following health conditions can be caused by stress, worsened by stress or stress increases the risks of these conditions:”(http://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/features/10-fixable-stress-related-health-problems?page=2).
Stress is not avoidable; it creeps into our lives. So, before getting stressed out about stress, there are ways to relieve stress in our everyday lives and help reduce (or even fix) these above-noted health problems.
Here are some approaches to stress management while in “the moment:”
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