Imagine what a cavewoman felt when a dinosaur approached. His heart was beating very fast, his hands were sweating and he was short of breath. He would freeze or run to avoid being the animal's lunch.
Now think about what you feel when you get stressed. The symptoms are similar, right?
The difference is that the cavewoman relaxed when she was safe. On the other hand, you remain stressed every day, because of money, children or because you have gone through menopause.
The effects of stress range from health to aesthetics. Here you will learn about some that perhaps no one has told you about and you will receive a gift at the end of the post!
What is stress and how does it work?
It is your physical or mental response to a potentially dangerous external situation. It is activated when two hormones are triggered to prepare your body for fight or flight:
- Cortisol (the stress hormone) : increases blood glucose, sending a lot of energy to your muscles to act.
- Adrenaline: speeds up heart rate, raises blood pressure and increases energy.
A little stress is helpful in dealing with emergencies. Or in challenging moments like when you are behind on a work project, because it gives you energy and concentration to finish it.
But when you are in a state of constant alert, stress becomes chronic , causing wear and tear on your body, as well as physical, emotional and aesthetic symptoms.
The worst thing is that your body does not return to normal, even when it is not in danger.
The effects of stress that many are unaware of
Skin problems and premature aging
Fluid retention and cellulite
Surely it also happens to you that when you are stressed you are dying to eat something sweet, a fried food or a salty snack to feel better. Bad news, the calm will only last a little while and the calories will accumulate around your belly.
Reproductive and sexual system problems
When stress is very intense, it can interrupt the menstrual and ovulatory cycle and cause infertility. As if that were not enough, sexual desire decreases, because who can focus on the loving arts when you are stressed?
The heart suffers from lack of love, but also when you are stressed. High stress hormone can increase blood pressure and heart rate. And, if you maintain it long term, you can suffer from hypertension and cause strokes or heart attacks.
Tension and headaches
When you are stressed, your muscles tense. And if you remain in that state, you could suffer from headaches, migraines, and general body aches.
Depression and anxiety
When stress is constant you can feel depressed and anxious. This is because excess cortisol and adrenaline block the action of the happiness hormone (serotonin).
Diseases and infections
Your immune system has a harder time fighting viruses, bacteria and other harmful agents. Therefore, you can catch viral diseases, flu, common cold and infections. Also, it takes longer to recover.
Your stomach doesn't have a good time either because it has a hard time digesting and absorbing nutrients, digesting , and the intestinal mucosa becomes irritated and inflamed. If prolonged, it can cause ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome or colitis.
Tossing and turning in bed all night is another consequence of stress. And high cortisol makes it difficult for you to fall asleep and stay asleep.
As you can see, the effects of stress on women go beyond affecting your mood, increasing your nervousness or putting you in a bad mood.
If you want to improve your quality of life, your health, your cellulite, your weight, your skin and enjoy your intimate relationships to the fullest, you have to take steps forward.
The first could be to download the FREE anti-stress guide that we created to help you...