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How stress affects your body and what to do about it
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Alongside your mental health, stress can have a big effect on your physical appearance and on your body generally. Here, Sophia Charalambous speaks to a range of experts about the physical effects of stress and anxiety – and what you can do about them.
What causes stress? Let us count the ways… is it the overuse of social media or maybe unrealistic expectations imposed at work? Maybe it’s family, romantic relationships, or could it be a general lack of fulfillment. Whatever the reason, or reasons, as a society we may have reached a plateau.
A study by the Mental Health Foundationdiscovered 74% of people in the UK have felt so stressed they have been overwhelmed or unable to cope. The numbers are higher for women, with 36% experiencing higher levels of stress due to body image concerns, compared to 23% of men.
The way stress works is scientific; what actually happens is the control tower of the brain, called the hypothalamus, sends a message to release hormones in the body, triggering a “fight or flight” response. These hormones make our hearts beat faster and our muscles ready for action. But our bodies aren’t equipped to deal with such high levels of these hormones on a daily basis.