The Stress Center Kelowna: What is Chronic Stress?
Chronic stress can affect your health and well-being. Some of the symptoms you can experience include:
- Higher risk of strokes
- Higher risk of heart attacks
Stress not only affects your health but it can impact other areas of your life, such as your:
- Work life
When you have an experience, whether it’s negative or positive, your body will respond by increasing your heart rate, breathing rate, and releasing hormones. In the short term, it can be beneficial. Your brain receives more oxygen, and you receive an edge when it comes to problem-solving. Plus, this elevated bodily state can help you to cope with tough situations.
Chronic stress is where it becomes problematic. Remember that negative stress isn’t just triggered by traumatic experiences, such as the death of a loved one or divorce. The pressures of everyday responsibilities, such as a relationship, marriage, raising a child, or professional issues, can boost your body’s stress levels and keep them raised for far longer than is necessary.
While in the grip of stress, it can feel hopeless. You might have a sense that nothing will ever change for the better. Remember, though, that the use of common sense strategies can empower you and give you the tools you need to master your stress. Since everyone is different, your methods of managing stress will be unique to you. At The Stress Center, our reason for being is to work with you and determine productive ways for you to get stress under control and live your life to the fullest.
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