Do you think illness is to blame for your aches and pains, the “malaria” that never gets better, your sleepless nights or inability to concentrate at work? Stress may actually be behind it all. Stress may be affecting your health, and you don’t even know it!
Stress can be caused by external circumstances but also by internal issues resulting from your personality or character.
Common effects of stress
Stress can affect your body, your thoughts and emotions, and your behaviour. Stress that’s not properly managed can contribute to a variety of health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Stress can even interfere with your ability to store information in your memory and pull information from memory. This clearly has serious implications for work productivity and even being able to manage the day-to-day running of a family.
Recognising the signs and symptoms of stress overload, will allow you to take steps to reduce the harmful effects.
If you’ve visited the doctor repeatedly for any or some of these symptoms and all the tests are negative, you might want to consider that stress could be the culprit.
In our next post, we’ll explore some effective stress management strategies.