The terrible things that stress does to your body
1. It can ruin your sleep
Stress will set your mind racing with worries and anxieties. Doctors say such intense thoughts will keep you awake
Even worse, lack of sleep can cause yet more stress.
2. It can make your skin look worse
Researchers say stress exacerbates skin problems. Acne, psoriasis, alopecia, and eczema aren’t caused by stress. But if you have them, stress can make them worse. Stress can even cause wounds to heal more slowly.
3. It’s bad for your heart
During episodes of stress, adrenaline is released. This increases your heart rate and blood pressure.
4. You’re more likely to get sick
One study found that people who suffered chronic stress, were twice as likely to catch a cold.
5. It can mess with your digestion
Your brain and gut are controlled by many of the same hormones. So, a stressed brain can sometimes lead to heartburn, indigestion, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Your best bet for staying unstressed?
Doctors say a healthy diet of mostly fruits and vegetables can help. They also recommend regular exercise, and at least 7.5 hours of sleep each night.