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What Anxiety Can Do To Your Body – Research Proven

As the stress is related to flight or fright response to the unexpected or unwanted stress-

What anxiety can do to your body ??

The Stress Response:

Your muscles would become tense, your heart races with speed, and you would breath faster. As the stress is related to flight or fright response to the unexpected or unwanted  stress– we all know what stress feels like. a chronic stress causes unwanted changes in the body which is most likely in a negative response. these responses are mostly due to the hormonal influence on each cell of our body.

Changes in chemicals in your body:

Hormones are chemicals which are produced in the body according to the response given to the organs which produce the hormones. These chemicals like adrenaline, nor adrenaline, cortisol which are produced by the adrenal glands can cause various unwanted effects on the body like they can weaken your bones and your immune system, mess with your sleep, and make you lose muscle when present in high levels in our body.

Stomach response to stress:

There are vast negative effects on your digestive system then you think, that include following Causing your esophagus to go into spasms, Increasing the acid in your stomach, which results in indigestion ,making you feel nauseous

Bathroom Trouble:

Giving you diarrhea or constipation, these are only few of the effects causes by the stressing  chronically for long time can cause inflammatory bowl syndrome, irritable bowl syndrome. This can cause the lose of the essential nutrients in the body an there by leading to both electrolyte and vitamin imbalance in our body leading to weakness and extra stress.


Heartburn and gastric problem:

The chronic stress causes the increased acid production in the body there by leading a various health issues like peptic ulcers and reflex disorders. which mostly present like the stomach pain, chest burn, pain in the throat, ulcers in the mouth. This gastric issues are mostly due to either over eating or avoid of the eating during the stress, both are harmful to the body. This is what anxiety can do to your body.



The headache due is stress is called as tension headache. these are most common headache when you are stressed. the main treatment of this headache is to control the stress and other mental health issues like the anxiety. There are various scientifically proved techniques to remove the stress which can be helpful in removing the stress headache.

Menstrual disturbances:

Women who are mostly stressed can be having physical health issues like the missed periods or painful periods , this may also include serious form of distress during periods are  premenstrual syndrome (PMS) worse — the mood swings and cramping some women get before their periods.

Sexual Desire:

Stress can cause both mental and physical heal issues like that of the erectile dysfunction and less desire for having sex.This is what anxiety can do to your body.

Breathing Issues:

When stressed frequently this may lead to increased respiratory rate. people who are having pre existing respiratory disorders like asthma, emphysema etc can have difficulty in having proper respiration and can lead to exacerbation of the diseases.

Heart Problems:

The hormones that get into your system when you’re stressed can be bad for your heart if they stay at high levels. The stress hormones like the adrenaline and cortisol can lead to the increases in the pulse and heart rate and thereby leading to heart attack and sudden death in few causes. This can have both structural as well as the functional effects on the heart leading to the deterioration of the function of the heart capacity in the long term.


The hormonal changes the stressed condition of the body can cause the chronic health issues like diabetes. the stress causes the nerves to fire due to the increases hormonal levels like the stress hormones. During this process your body may not be able to process the glucose released by your firing nerve cells if you have diabetes. If you can’t convert the glucose into energy, it builds up in the bloodstream. This causes your blood glucose levels to rise.
When you’re stressed, your liver releases glucose into your blood to fuel your fight-or-flight response. This is what anxiety can do to your body.


How to avoid stress

Meditation and physical relaxation
The meditation helps to give mental peace and happiness. Use the techniques such as deep breathing, and various guided visualizations, yoga and guided body scans to relax the body.

Build resilience
Resiliency is our ability to bounce back from stressful or negative experiences. To simplify, resilient people accept that the situation has occurred, they learn from what transpired and then they move on.

Talk it out
Don’t block it all inside. Talk to someone close to you about your worries or the things getting you down. Sharing worries is halving them.

If you don’t feel up to sharing, writing them down is also a great way to release them or by engaging an independent professional. There are plenty of services available, including free services, which you can quickly google to find what’s available in your city.


Getting a good night sleep is fundamental for recharging and dealing with stressful situations in the best possible way. While it varies from individual to individual, on the exact amount of sleep needed, an uninterrupted sleep of approximately 8 hours is generally recommended. 

These are few scientifically proven ways to avoid stress and anxiety.

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