How Stress Can Affect Your Body

Stress can be triggered by pressures in everyday life, such as work, kids or your job, or by more traumatic events like divorce or an illness.  If not addressed early, stress can have an effect on almost all areas of your body, both physically and mentally. Click through this slideshow to see if you might be experiencing any of these symptoms.  If so, the Cheng-Tsui Integrated Health Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center can help.

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For women, stress can affect the menstrual cycle. You might have irregular or no menstruation, or heavier and more painful periods. The physica
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If you're constantly under stress, your muscles don't get the chance to relax. Tight muscles cause headaches, back and shoulder pain, and body aches.
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You might experience nausea, vomiting, or a stomach ache. Stress can affect the way food moves through your body, leading to diarrhea or constipation.
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Your heart pumps faster and blood pressure increases.
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Stress hormones can cause low energy or depression, anxiety, restlessness, lack of motivation, or focus and irritability.
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Stress keeps more than 40 percent of adults lying awake at night.