There is no health without mental health. This is the message the UK Government is trying to portray to its citizens to improve their overall state of health and wellbeing and ensure that anyone with mental health issues speaks out. Stress can impact our mental health significantly, and this in turn can affect our physical health too. Here is how stress can impact on your health and why it is time to take back control.
When we are stressed, we tend to do one of two things: either we feel too sick with emotion to eat or we over indulge to try and feel better, known as comfort eating. This leads us to either put on or lose weight, which will contribute to stress levels further. The most important thing to do when we are stressed is to try and eat regularly. If you feel ill from stress, eating little and often until you get your appetite back is better than not eating at all. You need to look after your body or weight loss could cause further illness as you may become malnourished.
If you do not usually suffer from headaches, stress could be to blame. When we are stressed our body releases certain chemicals that can alter the blood vessels and nerves in the brain, causing a headache. If you already suffer from migraines, stress can bring them on and make them a lot worse. You become a lot tenser when stressed and your muscles become tenser, leading to headaches. Getting a massage in Enfield can help reduce these symptoms and leave you feeling less stressed.
When you are overly stressed, your body can be working itself up to the point where you vomit or need to go to the toilet. It can cause your digestive tract to produce more acid than needed, giving you heartburn or acid reflux which can also lead to vomiting. You may want to take an over the counter medicine that stops vomiting or diarrhoea, and drink plenty of water.
Being stressed can give you acne again or make it worse if you already suffer from acne. When you become stressed, you can get hormone imbalances and produce more hormones than you need. The hormone cortisol is often produced when you are stressed, and this leads to your skin producing more oil, and therefore spots form. Having a good skin routine and following this through even when stressed can reduce the risk, and there are topical creams that can be purchased over the counter to combat any break outs.
The best way to stop stress impacting your health is to find the root cause and deal with it the best way you can. This is not always possible and it may be best to speak to someone about what you are stressed about and seek professional help. Trying to keep distracted and continuing to look after yourself can stop stress from affecting your health as much.