Stress and Its Effect on Your Body - Bronson Healthcare

Published on December 19, 2019

Stress and Its Effect on Your Body

Stress can be caused by work, finances, relationships, home life, and many other things. When an individual’s well-being is threatened by perceived or real challenges, it causes stress.

Whether you realize it or not, symptoms of stress may be affecting your health. You might blame sickness for your headaches, lack of energy, or constant fatigue when the real cause may be stress-related.

What are some effects of stress on the body?

  • Upset stomach
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain or tension
  • Fatigue
  • Chest pain
  • Trouble sleeping

It’s important to pay attention to your body’s reaction to stress. .As you notice stress-related symptoms, try taking steps to manage your stress. There are many different stress management strategies, but here are a few to explore:

  • Get regular physical activity
  • Practice relaxation techniques, such as yoga, deep breathing, or meditation
  • Try to regulate a sleep routine
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Spend time with friends or family
  • Talk to someone
  • Take time to do things you enjoy

When should you see a doctor?

If you have practiced different stress management strategies, but your symptoms still occur, speak with your doctor. Your primary care doctor can check for other potential causes for your symptoms. If needed, they can also refer you to a professional therapist or counselor.

If you are having chest pain, shortness of breath, pain radiating in your left arm or shoulder, seek emergency help as these symptoms could be signs of a more serious issue, like a heart attack.

If you do not have a primary care provider, we can help you choose a health provider based on your insurance, location, medical needs and personal preferences—plus, schedule your first appointment. Get started online at bronsonhealth.com/findadoc or talk to a Bronson Care Advisor by phone at (269) 341-7788.