The influence of stress on the body

If you feel comfortable in your own skin, you can handle a lot for a relatively long time. Health can deteriorate due to the influence of pressure, fears and stress. This can of course be caused by work influences, but it can also be due to private circumstances. All activities that you perform during work and in the rest of your life have a stressful effect on your existence. If your body can no longer handle all those social and work obligations, it can have serious negative consequences for the body. What can stress influence?

Influence of stress

  • A hurried society
  • Don’t impose any restrictions and tackle everything
  • Increasing levels of fear and failure
  • Acidified body and poor performance
  • Getting into a negative spiral
  • Lose weight and eat less well
  • Can’t take it anymore
  • Always seek help


A hurried society

As human beings we are shaped by the society in which we grow up. Everyone and everything encourages you to perform by getting the most out of it. In itself a good approach for those with high ambitions and career expectations. Because many are pushed or want to join the group, one can be given too much to choose from. The day is lived, with no real rest point reserved for the person himself. You accept every invitation and you participate in everything. Work and private life become a series of continuous activities, which means that the body is practically unable to relax. In this circumstance and also combined with family life, the pressure of society can become too much. What progressive deterioration can health go through?

Don’t impose any restrictions and tackle everything

You are young and you assume that you can handle everything. Of course you have a lot of energy left and that can also work well for a long time. You get energy in the body through glucose and food. Eating healthy every day can help you get through the day. On the other hand, there is mental energy, which is stimulated by one’s own satisfaction. If you have a positive outlook on life, you stimulate yourself optimally, so that you also have the feeling that you can handle anything. But there are limits to that.

Increasing levels of fear and failure

The positive balance can last a long time, with you possibly doing more or taking on more work yourself. You may want to position yourself as the best within your group of colleagues, so you try to get the most out of it. Because the pressure increases and the personal limits of performance are pushed, the chance of mistakes increases. This means that the first successful person will have to deal with a degree of fear of failure as soon as mistakes and mistakes occur. If this response increases, the body uses more substances (such as serotonin), which reduces its own satisfaction. Stress and anxiety can take over and disrupt the positive balance.

Acidified body and poor performance

Increasing levels of stress – possibly caused by a high fear of being fired – puts the body under strain. Stressed muscles cause the body to become acidic, causing additional tension. This can lead to aches, cramps, joint pain, but also mental or motivation problems. It also puts pressure on the relationship with the partner, because work problems become private problems. Because tension in the body increases, this has a direct effect on the serotonin level as well as the acidity. This may result in poorer performance.

Getting into a negative spiral

A well-known example of an overdone situation is when you end up in a burnout due to too high work pressure and too high social pressure. This process occurs step by step, with serotonin levels gradually decreasing and decreasing further. It is related to the formation of depression, in which the person increasingly resists the good intentions of others. People no longer listen and the situation becomes intolerable.

Lose weight and eat less well

The mood determines everything, including how much you eat. A good mood means that you lose energy more easily, and the desire to eat is also present. You simply burn the wrong substances such as fats. When the mood decreases, the need to eat decreases. It may mean that you eat virtually nothing, causing you to lose weight. It can also negatively affect metabolism, causing you to gain weight. So it just depends on how the body reacts to it. All in all, it seems that you are less able to take care of yourself because you eat less and/or consume unhealthy food.

Can’t take it anymore

Everything you initially had a good handle on seems to completely fall away from you. Nothing goes the way it should anymore, and everyone and everything is taken out. It leaves you alone, feeling like the whole world is against you. Isolation and seclusion can follow. These are already far-reaching consequences of stress-induced depression and must be recognized by those around them. The person should be extended a reaching hand, removing stress-causing circumstances. It means not working (except on a therapeutic basis), fewer social contacts, lots of rest and medication in the form of anti-depressants. In this way, one can gradually build up healthy serotonin levels again to cope with stress. If this is not done in time or the person is not helped, it can lead to life-threatening conditions, possibly caused by their own actions.

Always seek help

If you recognize yourself or someone else in such a circumstance, always make sure that help is available. Only through the right medical treatment can the negative spiral be broken.

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