Stress is a burst of chemicals and hormones that can actually help you in certain situations. It’s that “fight or flight” feeling that can literally save your life! However, when these chemicals are constantly coursing through your veins, problems can occur. It’s called “chronic stress” and it can lead to physical, mental, and emotional problems.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports chronic stress can lead to:
- Depressed mood
- Susceptibility to illness
Routine stress can also lead to serious health problems including:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- Anxiety Disorder
One way to help reduce the effects of stress is to include exercise in your routine. The NIH says even 30-minutes of gentle walking can reduce stress and be a mood booster.
If stress for you or someone you know becomes overwhelming, seek help from a mental health professional.
Relax… and put more joy into your life.