By: Cassie Collins

What is Stress?

Stress is a physical response to situations causing you to feel overwhelmed or upset. When we are stressed our bodies release chemicals into the blood causing our blood pressure to rise, rapid breathing, digestive system slows down, pulse rises, immune system goes down, tense muscles and heightened alertness.

The Effects of stress

Stress can be helpful keeping us alert for when there's danger. But it can also hurt your body when your experiencing stress very often. Bad stress can lead to a condition called Distress. The symptoms of distress are loss of sleep, chest pain, upset stomach, headaches and elevated blood pressure. Stress can become even worse when using Tobacco, alcohol, or drugs causing more problems.

Facts about stress

  • 75% to 90% of all doctor visits are for stress related problems.
  • Stress can cause problems like headaches, high blood pressure, diabetes, skin condition, asthma arthritis, depression, anxiety and heart problems.
  • Stress is the number one cause of chronic illness.
  • Some people that are stressed are so immune to it that they don't see anything out of the ordinary.
  • Mothers that are stressed during pregnancy can cause the baby to have iron deficiency and other development issues.
  • Spouses of cancer patients have a more risk of heart disease and stroke when stressed.
  • Woman in there first trimester of pregnancy give birth earlier and tend to have girls.