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How Does Stress Affect Us?

According to Psychology Today, stress occurs when we respond to a triggering event which disrupts our sense of balance. These triggers can be positive or negative. Stress can come from multiple sources – relationships, exercise, worry, finances, busyness, work and more.

As someone who works in public education, I can personally attest to the fact that people’s jobs can interfere with their quality of life. Check out “The Top 10 Most Stressful Jobs” from Salary.Com. My career field made the list. What about yours?

This infographic below was created by C3* for Stress. While I have never tried their product, I think that this image does a wonderful job of breaking down the effects of stress.

Lately, I have been struggling with many of the negative effects of stress. What about you?

Long-term stress can result in sustained exposure to the chemicals released by our nervous system. Psych Central’s article entitled, "The Physical Effects of Long-Term Stress," explains how stress contributes to heart problems, high blood pressure, a weakened immune system, skin problems, pain, diabetes, and infertility.

I do not want any of these side effects to be a reoccurring part of my life. Therefore, I have to find a way to reduce and cope with my unavoidable stress. Future posts will focus on different stress relief strategies and ideas.

You can also check out my “Relax!” Board on Pinterest to find ways to start de-stressing now.

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