Archive for April 3rd, 2019

Everyone occasionally feels under the weather. But if there is something that has constantly been bothering you for some time, you should take your health seriously. Perhaps it’s all about stress. Many doctors say that it can cause different diseases.

Bright Side has chosen a few of the most popular symptoms that show your body is being affected by stress.

1. Skin diseases

Psoriasis, acne, and other skin diseases can be caused by stress. Scientists conducted researchamong students, and it showed a direct connection between a high level of psychological stress and skin problems. An experiment with mice gave the same result. The animals that were exposed to large doses of stress were more susceptible to skin infections.

2. Changing weight

You might have been in a situation where you couldn’t stabilize your weight with diets or physical exercises.

Some really intense experiences can make you gain extra pounds. As it turns out, frequent stressful situations increase the production of the hormone cortisol. It stabilizes metabolism of fats and carbohydrates and supports the necessary levels of sugar in the blood. If a person has too much of the hormone, the person will eat more, the body will produce less testosterone, and the body will burn fewer calories. And this will make you gain weight.

Sometimes stress and anxiety cause people to lose weight. Increased levels of adrenaline in the blood make this happen. Adrenaline speeds up metabolism, but it slows down the excretion of fats. Scientists also blame the CRH hormone for loss of weight.

3. Frequent colds

As we said before, stress causes the production of cortisol, which can suppress inflammation. However, if a person is experiencing chronic stress, the immune system becomes less sensitive to cortisol, which results in a more serious inflammation. The body then has a higher risk of getting a cold.

Don’t blame the cold weather as it is only a trigger for a body with a weakened immune system. If you get sick often, think about something that worries you a lot in your life, and try to eliminate it.

4. Gastrointestinal disorders

There is scientific proof that stress can have a negative effect on the gastrointestinal tract. Sometimes, medicines for abdominal distension and stomachache don’t help. In this case, a visit to a psychologistcan be very helpful. A doctor will determine the causes of your anxiety and try to help you.

5. Difficulties focusing

People who have been under stress for a long time find it hard to focus on tasks. If you notice that you have become less focused than usual, maybe it’s time to slow down a little and have a rest. This happens because of nervous tension.

6. Loss of hair

Scientists have come to the conclusion that stress can make you partially or even fully bald. If you’ve noticed that you have less hair than before, and different vitamins make no positive effect, stress may be a reason. So stop being nervous if you want to keep your beautiful hair.

7. Headaches

Headaches can be caused by many reasons: osteochondrosis, the wrong position during sleep, low or high blood pressure, sinusitis, pregnancy, and many others. But sometimes headaches are causedby emotional stress that you have at work or at home.

Taking pills may help with a headache. But if you don’t exclude stressful situations from your life, the headache will return over and over again.

8. Low libido

An emotionally drained person, someone who is often exposed to stress, usually has quite a low libido. Scientists conducted a study and came to such a conclusion. So if you haven’t had sex with your partner for a long time, don’t be mad or worried as this will not help the situation. If the reason really is stress, it will only make things worse. A great thing to do would be to go on vacation together.

9. Problems with sleep

Stressful situations can be a reason for serious problems with sleep. You might have insomniaif you’ve been under heavy stress for a long time. This is a very difficult situation because a person can’t work normally and enjoy life without good sleep. When sleeping pills don’t work anymore, it’s time to be alert and maybe see a doctor. It’s very important that you find the reason for your sleep problems and eliminate it as quickly as possible.

10. Cardiovascular diseases

Our hearts have to go through a lot during our lives, both good things and bad. Stress has a bad influence on the heart. Scientists proved that chronic stress is one of the most frequent causes of cardiovascular diseases. Such circumstances as hard work or, vice versa, no work at all, living in poverty, and problems in the family only make the situation worse.

And how does your body react to stressful situations? Tell us your stories in the comment section below.



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Dwelling on the negative can create a self-fulfilling prophecy of despair and defeat. You’re already beaten before you start if all you can think about is a negative outcome. While it’s important to think about as many things as you can that could go wrong, the reason for thinking about them in the first place is to find creative ways to prevent them.

When you focus on the negatives, your thinking renounces the possibility of a positive outcome. You lose the power of positivity. Positivity isn’t ignoring or failing to consider the negative. Rather, it’s a mindset that is oriented toward making things happen for you, not to you.

Often we look in the past and think about those failures that we’ve already endured. We’ve endured them, but we haven’t learned from them. And we’re condemned to repeat them if we don’t extract and apply the lessons from the experience. How many people have failed to try because they’re stuck in a “failure loop,” replaying past events that now appear to be real? If you don’t dispatch the past for what it is, a place to learn and grow from, you’re going to be stuck in the memories that keep you confined in its prison of self-constructed misery.

Getting out of a failure loop is emotional. When you’re upset, you’re at the very bottom of your brain. Emotion is clouding your ability to think rationally. Time to hit the reset button.

1. Take a deep breath.

I know this may sound simple, but before you do anything else, take a step back and breathe deeply. Only when you start to slow down will your emotions start to quiet. Focusing on your breathing will help you to get out of the instinct part of your brain (the bottom) and into the rational part of your brain (the top).

2. Feel your emotions, then check them.

After giving your feelings a little space for acknowledgment, it’s time to let them go, to make the switch to strategic thinking. In order to do that, you need to be in the rational part of your brain, not stuck at the lower end with emotions. Start to take yourself away from feeling and toward thinking. Break the emotional ties of feeling like a failure. Get out of this pattern of thinking. Ask yourself, “What is really happening here? How would I rather feel?” These cues will aid you in making the transition. Forgive yourself and forgive everyone involved.

3. Create an objective framework.

It’s important to evaluate the failure dispassionately. Take a step back and look at all parts of the equation. Look and see: What kept you from your goal? What steps can you take to avoid the pattern of failure? From there, each specific failure will provide you with an opportunity to improve by giving you clues on how not to fail. Start to read those clues and spot patterns. This will get easier over time.

4. Test-drive your new direction.

Once the clouds are cleared, you can start to see the answers. How can you move forward? What new steps do you need to take? What old ones do you need to abandon? Be specific and intentional about your goals, and visualize yourself making them a reality. Picture yourself step-by-step. Then make a promise to yourself to not revert to old ways just because they are familiar.

5. Assign a value to failure.

Now that you see the results evolving, you will start to value failure as the tool it can be. Continue to be vigilant for signs of failure, and start tweaking your direction along the way. Try not to pause, as this can cause you to fret and return you to an emotional response. If you focus on your new steps, you’ll begin to see new results. They in themselves will be encouraging. If some are not yielding the anticipated success at the rate you anticipated, revise them.

6. Create your success profile.

This may sound basic, but once you’ve figured out what works, get out your journal and make detailed notes. Write down everything that brought you closer to a successful outcome. You can refer to this “success profile” to avoid slipping back to the old ways and the ineffective methods that failed to produce a successful result. As you build your profile, you will find an armory of successful strategies and tactics to draw from as you surge toward your next victory.

7. Be grateful.

Make it a point to practice gratitude for opportunities that come your way. Even in failure you can find an opportunity to give thanks. Sure, failure is a powerful punch in the gut, but it is not as painful as the sting of regret. Having the opportunity to change and move forward is something to be thankful for.


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