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3 Signs of Stress-Related Illness

By Genevieve Cunningham

Stress can be a serious issue in your life. Though most people suffer through stressful situations with little damage, it's completely possible for stress to wreak havoc on your mind and body. We don't often think about it because we're almost constantly bombarded with stress, but it's a health concern that should really be taken seriously. But how do you know when the stress is too much? If you are constantly stressed in your life, take a look at these three signs that your stress is causing illness, followed by some tips for dealing with it. 

Weight Gain or Loss

Stress can make one of two extremes happen: serious weight gain or rapid weight loss. And though many people would like to drop a few pounds, doing it through stress is not a healthy choice. Stress can make us eat too much or eat far less than usual. This means we'll either be getting too many calories or our nutrition will suffer, and both of these are dangerous to our overall well-being, If your weight seems to be going up and down without cause, take a look at the stress in your everyday life.

Frequent Headaches

Headaches can be caused by a wide variety of factors. But for many people, these frustrating pains are brought on by stress. Too much stress can create tension in the body, and this tension leads to headaches. For most people, a simple pain reliever addresses the headache without further issue. But you don't have to suffer at all! Get your stress under control, and many of those headaches may disappear for good.

A Decline in Immunity

The immune system is a powerful tool in our bodies. It fights off germs and foreign invaders to keep us well. But when we have too much stress, the immune system can suffer. And ultimately, this means that we suffer as well. How can you tell if your immune system needs a boost? You'll get sick more often. That runny nose won't simply be a nuisance, but instead will put you down in the bed. If the instances of illness in your life have suddenly increased, decrease the stress to increase the function of your body's natural defense. 

Managing Stress

Managing stress isn't easy, but it's crucial for your health. So how do you do it? Make sure that you're getting enough down time, using your vacation days, and getting enough sleep. If your plate is full, learn how to delegate and don't take on any more responsibilities. Say no! While it can be a difficult task to master, learning to manage stress is one of the best and most effective ways to keep yourself healthy and strong for years to come. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Collierville, Tenn.

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