The human body is meant to experience stress and react to it. Stress can be positive or negative. Stress keeps us alert and ready to avoid harm. It becomes negative when a person experiences continuous challenges without any relief . Consequence, the mind becomes overloaded and stress-related tension builds.
Stress that continues to build up without relaxation can cause a condition called distress — a negative stress reaction. Distress can cause physical symptoms including headaches, chest pain, problem of sleeping, upset stomach, elevated blood pressure and chest pain. Studies show that stress also can bring on or worsen certain symptoms or diseases. Stress also becomes dangerous when people start using alcohol or drugs to try to overcome tension. Unfortunately, instead of relieving the stress and returning the body to a relaxed state, these substances tend to keep the body in a stressed state and create more issues. Consider the following:
Forty-three percent of all adults suffer adverse health effects from stress. Seventy-five percent to 90% of all doctor’s office visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints. Stress can play a part in problems such as headaches, high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, skin conditions, asthma, arthritis, depression, and anxiety. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) declared stress a hazard of the workplace. Stress costs American industry more than $300 billion annually. The lifetime prevalence of an emotional disorder is more than 50%, often due to chronic, untreated stress reactions.