The Impact of Stress

The Impact of Stress

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The Impact of Stress

In many of the studies, research and clients I have encountered throughout my career, Stress has accounted for almost 60% of illness. This is a staggering percentage and I think it is important that we take a look at our Stress levels and also look at the impact it can have on our bodies. In recent months I have met with many therapists who would agree that not dealing with your stress can lead to physical ailments and can affect our bodies in so many ways. The body adjusts to the levels of Stress which drains much of our energy and leaves us exhausted. You may find when you are stressed that you don’t even have to do much and you are drained of all your energy.

Studies have shown that life events contribute to Stress having an impact on our health and wellbeing. Research has interestingly highlighted ‘everyday hassles’ (Lazarus et al 1985); which could be perceived as minor having a greater impact on our wellbeing than a significant life event.

If you notice any of the following you should go to your GP or discuss this with your Counsellor or Psychotherapist. The following may be signs that you are Stressed and need to give yourself and your situation some attention.


  • Dizziness
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Tension in Jaw
  • Grinding Teeth
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Decreased Sex Drive
  • Weight Gain
  • Skin problems and rashes
  • Muscular aches and pains
  • Premature aging
  • Obesity
  • Insomnia
  • Emotional and Behavioural outbursts
  • Asthma
  • Ulcers
  • Depression
  • Nervousness
  • Paranoia
  • Low in energy
  • Supressed Appetite

It can cause or lead to;

  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Digestive Disorders
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome


This list is quite extensive and being aware that these symptoms can be linked to Stress levels is important. In much of the research I have found our bodies and its reactions are linked to our emotional wellbeing, I would often see this with clients. We may experience a Stress reaction many times a day and this results in 1400 biochemical events occurring in your body, if this goes under our radar there is no doubt that we wouldn’t be affected. A typical person may experience this more than 10 times in the course of a day.

The most important thing to remember is to try and stay in tune with your self-care. I have posted about self-care previously.  If you stop doing things for ourselves we need to ask ourselves why and try to get back on track. Keeping in touch with our Stress levels can be difficult especially if you are in Stressful environments. Some of the above will be an indication that Stress is present in your life. It is about taking stock of your situation and taking care of yourself, the famous quote from Loreal springs to mind “Your worth it”. There are so many tried and tested ways to deal with Stress take a look at my post about ways to relieve your Stress. What you are aiming for is balance and keeping the energy tank full, we must nourish all parts of ourselves. If you are still finding it difficult to manage your Stress speak with your GP and or make an appointment with a Counsellor or Psychotherapist.



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