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Dr Nihara Krause, Consultant Clinical Psychologist
You could be under a lot of pressure. Some stress is good because it helps you to overcome challenges. But too much of any stress isn’t good for you physically or emotionally. Next time you’re feeling super-stressed, keep these things in mind.
What causes stress varies from person to person. When something very stressful happens, your body leaps into action. Your brain triggers the release of stress hormones that travel to different parts of your body, putting it on high alert. Your breathing, heart rate and blood pressure increase. Your blood vessels constrict, directing more blood to your brain and muscles.
When you experience too much stress, it pushes your body to the limit. Stress can also trigger unhealthy behaviours, such as eating comfort foods, not sleeping and not exercising, doing things (procrastination) and getting irritable/angry in relationships. Over time, it can lead to health problems from changes in sleep to digestive and heart related conditions.
What’s the biggest cause of stress in your life?