Tis the Season to be Jolly! How Stress and Anger Affects Your Health
Whatever age or stage in life we may be, we are all bombarded with films, advertisements and memories of things we may consider to be the “perfect” Christmas. Trying to attain goals of perceived “perfection” sets us all up for failure. For many, Christmas is a time that the loss of loved ones is more acute, isolation feels suffocating, financial woes are crippling, and our pride stops us from reaching out or talking about our concerns.
If you add the unrealistic Christmas expectations to the daily work-related stress, depression or anxiety of over 40% of work-related ill health and 49% of working days lost, in 2016/17, it is easy to see that Christmas and New Year could signify a crisis point for a huge percentage of the UK. The reasons cited as causes of work-related stress are related to workload, lack of managerial support and organisational change as the primary factors.
Harmful effects of daily stress include: fatigue, depression, anxiety, lowered immunity to colds and flu, hormonal imbalances, loss of libido, Thyroid dysfunction, immune disorders, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, ME, MS and IBS. Stress is also linked to high blood pressure, strokes, acne, impaired memory and dementia as well as headaches and weight gain.
Worrying has a negative effect on your health, making you tired, stressed, and sometimes more prone to depression. When you worry, your body responds to your anxiety the same way it would react to physical danger so your brain releases stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol into the bloodstream. They trigger a range of physical reactions which increases heart rate for a ‘fight or flight’ situation. However, many of the things we worry about cannot be dealt with by fighting or running away. Credit card bills, bad relationships or stress at work cannot be dealt with physically, so our body remains in a state of anxiety, ready for action. Stress hormones circulating in the blood stream start to have a toxic effect on our glands, nervous system and heart, which could lead to heart attacks, increased risk of stroke and stomach ulcers. Worry, anger and anxiety also influences our brains disturbing our peace of mind and ability to concentrate or get a restful night of sleep.
Steps to take If you are concerned about yourself or someone else:
- Talk to someone about how you feel, a friend, family member or GP
- Ensure you eat fresh, healthy food regularly
- Walk, cycle or do some form of exercise daily
- Be brave and reach out to people who you consider need help
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