First of all Holly, can you tell us more about the impact of stress on the body?
“Stress can simply be defined as a response that helps us survive physical or mental stressors we face. This is where fight or flight kicks in; activating the sympathetic division of our nervous system, which increases heart rate, decreases heart rate variability and increases blood pressure.
“There is a wide range of physical and psychological stressors that may impact an individual, some more so than others. Example of stressors include work-related stress, lack of sleep, hangovers, excitement and medications.
“Stress has been previously described as one of the main causes of major health issues in the developed world . The effects of chronic stress have been researched extensively and associated with events of acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), hypertension, stroke, diabetes, mental health disorders, obesity and gastrointestinal issues .
“Stress is however a necessary part of life, it is all a balancing act. Stress strengthens your body, making you more resilient, although too much stress could have significant negative impacts to your health, making its monitoring and management very important.
“There are numerous articles available online detailing ‘how to manage your stress’ or ‘tips to reduce stress’ etc, however stressors and stress levels are specific to each individual. For example, watching Liverpool playing football would not have any impact on my stress levels, however my husband’s stress levels would be a very different story!
“Fundamentally, managing stress is all specific to you. Knowing what causes an increase in your stress is the best way to manage your stress and ensure a healthy balance is maintained.”
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