5 Risks of Unmanaged Stress

Stress is perhaps the one common factor all humans share, regardless of race, gender, social status, or any other factor. How much stress each individual can endure is as personal as your fingerprints, and is determined by a wide variety of factors. 

Stress is inevitable in life, but how you choose to manage it can make a significant impact on your overall health and quality of life. Dr. Sydel Legrande and her team at Altogether Lovely focus on helping patients throughout Tampa, Florida, discover their best selves for a better life. This includes managing stress appropriately

Learn more about five risks of unmanaged stress and how you can better manage your stress levels for healthier and happier living. 

Stress is natural 

Our bodies are hard-wired to react to protect ourselves against aggressors and predators. While we may no longer face threats from hungry predators, we are faced with multiple demands from numerous directions. Your workload, caring for your family, paying the bills, living up to your own and others’ expectations, and sudden incidents or demands can all combine to create an enormous amount of stress on anyone. 

When a threat presents itself, this triggers an internal alarm system within the base of your brain, called the hypothalamus. Through your nerve and hormonal systems, it sends messages to your adrenal glands, spurring them to release a surge of stress hormones that include cortisol and adrenaline. 

Cortisol alters immune system functions and curbs other natural processes, like your appetite and reproductive system, that would perhaps hinder a necessary fight-or-flight response. Adrenaline increases blood pressure, heart rate, and supplies of energy to provide what is necessary for your body to respond to the perceived threat. 

When the threat has passed, this natural response gradually reverses itself, calming your body and returning levels of hormone production, heart rate, blood pressure, and other bodily processes to normal. 

Stress gone wild 

Problems arise when your body is constantly in this heightened state of stress response. When you feel as if you are under attack all day long, every day, this natural stress reaction remains in the “on” position, creating serious disruptions to your bodily processes and overall health. 

Five of the major risks of unmanaged stress include: 

1. Wear on your body 

This constant state of heightened preparedness produces undue wear-and-tear on virtually every system in your body. With everything running in high gear, things wear out more quickly than normal and your body begins exhibiting serious health problems like high blood pressure and headaches. 

2. Wear on your mind

Constant stress increases anxiety and can lead to depression, feelings of fear and hopelessness, and even suicide. The combination of constant worry and increasing health problems is a sure prescription for disaster. 

3. Wear on your family

Our frustrations with unmanaged stress are often taken out on those closest and most important to us — our family. Constant short tempers and angry responses can split families apart, adding even more stress to the already-toxic mix. 

4. Wear on your relationships

Unmanaged stress is never hidden for long. It begins affecting our interpersonal relationships with friends, extended family, and coworkers. Job performance suffers and important friendships may be broken, adding more stress to our downward spiral. 

5. Wear on your life

Does this sound like the life you want to lead forever? Unmanaged stress ruins your health, your mental state, your family life, your relationships, your career, and everything else you hold dear. 

Get a handle on your stress 

We work diligently to help patients discover their best lives through aesthetic treatments and other means to better your quality of life. An important part of that is helping you manage stress in healthy ways. 

Some suggestions include: 

These and other factors can become part of a customized treatment plan to help you mitigate stress and handle it for increased health and quality of life. We’ll help you create a plan that works for you, which may include massage and counseling. 

Call our office at 813-375-9374 or contact us online to schedule an appointment today to discuss how you can better manage stress for long-term health and well-being.

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