WHAT STRESS CAN DO TO YOUR BODY
Overwhelming stress can impact your mental health and physical well-being.
Stress can bring on symptoms of anxiety and depression, it can reduce your enthusiasm to perform daily activities, even activities you usually enjoy such as; catching up with friends, going out to dinner or even sex.
Stress can affect your immune system by weakening your body’s defences and you could be more prone to catch the dreaded cold or flu.
Feeling stress constantly can affect your digestive system and may contribute to issues such as irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux, diarrhoea and constipation. It can contribute to muscle and joint tension, headaches and can exacerbate existing skin conditions. Does any of this sound familiar?
HOW STRESS AFFECTS SLEEP
Overwhelming stress can impact your sleeping behaviours and patterns. Your thoughts or internal chatter can be constant and you may find yourself lying in bed thinking or worrying and possibly feeling anxious about problems or unresolved issues, these constant thoughts can make it almost impossible for you to relax and quiet the mind enough to fall asleep.
For many, this becomes a cycle and the frustrations and anxiety towards not being able to get enough sleep can build to a point where the stress hormone cortisol increases, thus fuelling exhaustion, irritability, lack of focus, memory impairment and possible weakness in cognitive functioning.
If stress is affecting your ability to have a good night’s sleep, please seek support for yourself with stress relief strategies. Don’t let this become a night time pattern.
STRESS AND YOUR MEMORY
When we are overwhelmed with stress, our mind and body react, causing distraction and emotional brain frailty. The results are often feelings of tiredness and exhaustion with little mind space to fit anything else in. The energy it takes to cope with daily situations, emotions and feelings can feel overwhelming and can get in the way of storing or remembering details and schedules. Sleep deprivation due to stress supports the inability to remember short term thoughts, thus blocking formation of new memories and the ability to retrieve old ones.
So YES, stress can cause memory loss! The good news is you can do something about it.
It’s important for us all to find the right strategies that support us in reducing our daily stress levels.
If you feel you need some support in finding the right strategies, I can support you through various channels. You can give me a call on 0422 311 089 to make an appointment with me.
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