When it comes to your health, you probably focus a lot on eating correctly and getting exercise. What you may not realize is that daily stress can seriously affect the way your body functions. Problems such as cancer, heart disease, and stroke are brought on more seriously when you undergo frequent stress.
Stress causes several things to happen in the body. It can increase your heart rate and your blood pressure. This causes stress on your heart — the body’s hardest working muscle. Stress can also alter the levels of hormones in your body.
The hormone cortisol is increased when you undergo stress. Cortisol can cause problems such as increased weight gain, especially weight gain around the midsection of your body. This type of weight gain can cause problems by putting even more physical stress on your heart and possibly make you feel uncomfortable joint pain.
Stress can also give you sleepless nights. Instead of falling gently into a restful sleep, you may find yourself tossing and turning all night long. When you finally do fall asleep, you may have problems staying asleep. When your body is sleep deprived, you’re more like to gain weight, have difficulty concentrating, and reduce the success with which you complete daily tasks, such as driving, housework, working at your job.
And while you have physical symptoms from stress that can lead you to have physical health problems, stress is even more noticeable when it comes to your mental and social health. Stress can cause problems such as anxiety and depression that prevent you from taking charge of a situation and improving your health.
You can also have problems with stress around money which can interfere with your friendships and family relationships. This is sometimes a result of irritability that causes discord in your relationships. But stress — all kinds including money stress — can also cause you to withdraw yourself and become more isolated.
All in all, stress from money problems has a debilitating effect on your health. Wellness takes place when you are physically, mentally, and socially healthy. And when any one of those areas is affected, your overall health decreases. Money stress is one of those problems that can affect all three types of health and really put you at risk for major problems.
Being in debt or being unable to pay your bills month by month can cause a tremendous amount of stress and thereby affect health and relationships in many ways.
If money stress is affecting your health, it’s not a good idea to ignore it. In fact, the more you let it go the bigger your problems will be. When you have any kind of stress, you need to address it as soon as possible.
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