The Effects of Stress on Your Body

Woman outside with hand to forehead, looking stressed

We all feel stress now and then. A little bit of stress, called acute stress, is good for you. In fact, it can save your life. “Fight or flight” is the body’s natural response when something happens suddenly, like your car slides in a puddle of water, and you quickly react to keep from going off the road. Your heart starts racing, your blood pressure rises, and your muscles tense up. Once you are back on the dry road and safe again, however, the effects of stress go away, and all is good. 

Or, it could be the thrill you get from going on a roller coaster or through a haunted house. Once the thrill is gone, your blood stops rushing, your heartbeat slows down again, and your body returns to its normal state. Acute stress stimulates the immune system, helping to heal the body and avoid infections. Long term stress or chronic stress, however, weakens the immune system and affects the body in many negative ways.

How Does Stress Affect My Body?

In addition to raising your blood pressure and making your heart race, stress can cause a host of other problems. It can also give you a stress headache by tightening muscles in the neck and shoulders, or a stomach ache from an increase of stomach acid. 

Long Term Stress

Chronic stress is harmful to your body and your skin. Long term stress, such as having to go to a job you hate day after day and feeling there’s no way out, or having to care for a sick relative long term can cause chronic stress. Stress that continues for days, weeks, and sometimes even years, harms your body in many ways.

Suppressing your immune system, chronic stress can leave you susceptible to colds or the flu. Continued high blood pressure can lead to a stroke or heart attack. Stress can also leave you feeling irritable, anxious, and depressed. Long term stress can also cause insomnia, making you lose beauty sleep and making you look tired. To feel healthy and look beautiful, long term stress must be managed or eliminated. 

Can Stress Affect My Skin?

Yes. Chronic stress can exacerbate skin conditions, such as acne, eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea. Severe stress releases adrenaline, which in turn can cause a rash or hives to develop. Missing sleep will bring on the dark circles and give you bags under your eyes. None of this contributes to healthy skin.

Managing stress

Sometimes it feels as if there is no way to calm down, but after a few deep breaths, you will see there is a way to slow down and get stress under control. Here are a few other ways to manage stress:

  • Be positive
  • Meditate
  • Practice yoga or tai-chi
  • Exercise
  • Eat healthy food
  • Avoid sugars and alcohol
  • Create boundaries
  • Get more rest/sleep
  • Talk with friends
  • Do hobbies you enjoy
  • Get a facial or a massage

If, after trying some or all of these tips, the stress is still too intense, seek therapy. A professional may be able to help you get better control of your life and put you back on track. But, in the meantime, why not try a holistic facial to combat the effects of stress? A facial at  Holistic Medi Spa can heal your skin and relax your body at the same time, lowering your stress levels and making you look and feel calm, relaxed, and beautiful.

Holistic Facials to Combat Stress

Let Vika at Holistic Medi Spa help you relax and reduce stress. “Education, not judgment”: her goal is to help you take the best care of your skin. All of her facial treatments begin with a customized consultation to enhance the skin’s wellness. Come in and relax today!

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