How can stress affect your health?

Everyone experiences stress to some degree, not all of Anthem are negative. 

In fact, some degree of stress can serve as a good motivator. But when stress level gets too intense or becomes chronic, it can have a negative impact on our overall health. 

Stress symptoms vary among individuals and can include psychological changes such as difficulty concentrating, anxiety and irritability, physiological changes such as increase in heart rate and blood pressure, as well as behavioral changes such as eating more, sleep disturbances, and alcohol, drugs and smoke use. 

Chronic stress disrupts almost every system in your body. It can impact the nervous system, suppress the immune system, upset digestive and reproductive systems, and affect the endocrine system. If left untreated, it can worsen diabetes or lead to an increased risk of heart attack and stroke. 

Stress can even have an effect on your brain neurotransmitters, putting you at risk to develop ariety, depression and other mental health problems. It is important to know and understand your stress symptoms or on behavioral changes and seek medical attention right away.