Effects of Stress On General Well-Being

We’ve seen the definition of the concept of stress in the previous post but now, let’s look in more detail the effects of stress in both mind and body.

First of all, you have to know that people react differently to stress so the physical effects can be different for each of us. That said, it’s the same thing for the emotional and psychological effects.
The American Institute of Stress has compiled a List of the 50 common signs and symptoms of stress. Let’s take a look at some of them, which are, to my personal opinion, the most common:

  • 1. Frequent headaches, jaw clenching or pain.
  • 5. Neck ache, back pain, muscle spasms.
  • 14. Heartburn, stomach pain, nausea.
  • 16. Constipation, diarrhea.
  • 19. Chest pain, palpitations.
  • 22. Excess anxiety, worry, guilt, and nervousness.
  • 23. Increased anger, frustration, and hostility.
  • 24. Depression, frequent or wild mood swings.
  • 29. Forgetfulness, disorganization, confusion.
  • 31. Feeling overloaded or overwhelmed.
  • 46. Constant tiredness, weakness, fatigue.

You are surprised of presenting some of the above-mentioned symptoms? Maybe you are experiencing problems dealing with stress without realizing it because stress has become a way of life for you..

Although human body is designed to experience and react to stress, it becomes problematic when it has to face continuous challenges without relief or relaxation between them. It has been proven that distress leads to physical/psychological/emotional symptoms but many studies suggest it can also bring or worsen certain symptoms or diseases. In fact, studies have shown chronic stress worsens neurodegenerative disease course and can increase the risk of developing depression if you aren’t coping with the stress well. Furthermore, it has been proven stress is one of the triggers of the asthma attacks and can also affect many skin disorders such as psoriasis and atopic dermatitis.

Considering all the negative effects stress can have on your health and well-being, you must learn to recognize when your stress levels are out of control. It’s important to know your own limits, and imperatively, to respect them. In the next post we’ll see how you can have a better control on your well-being by efficiently managing stress in your daily life.


HALL-FLAVIN, Daniel, MD (Mayo Clinic – February 26, 2010). Can chronic stress cause depression? (Online) http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/stress/AN01286

PHYSORG.COM (December 11, 2006). Psych stress can worsen skin disorders (Online) http://www.physorg.com/news85073987.html

STOPPLER, Melissa Conrad, MD (MedicineNet.com – 12/1/2006). Stress Q&A by Dr. Stoppler (Online) http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=77868

The American Institute of Stress. The effects of Stress (Online) http://www.stress.org/topic-effects.htm and http://www.stress.or/Effects_of_stress.htm?AIS=fa9b913bee36e3d3a637fe8270673982

WEBmd (article reviewed by Amal Chakrabutty, MD – March 08, 2010). The Effects of Stress on your Body (Online) http://www.webmd.com/balance/guide/effects-of-stress-on-your-body

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Bridget Webber’s background rests in mental health, counselling, hypnotherapy, NLP and art. She brings knowledge from her experiences into her writing and specializes in emotional wellness and the creation of, rather than search for, joy. You can catch up with her insights and musings on Twitter.

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5 Reactions

  1. Beth

    I agree about stress being bad for your health and such but in some instances i think people need to learn to cope with stressful situations by being quiet and listening. I believe it is an essential part of life to become stressed but i also believe that we must learn to winddown and relax by ourselves

    • michelle

      I agree with you Beth- it totally makes sense. Do you have some tips to share with readers in this regard?

  2. Stephan

    In my opinion and experience stress often thrives in circulair actions. Too much work – stress – being less effective – stress increases – etc etc.

    People tend to forget that working with a clear mind increases efficiency and creativity. Its is always easier to listen with a silent mind.

    One of the most difficult things cooping with stress is the fact that being stressed makes it hard to relax. You really have to make relaxation a part of your life and daily routine. Knowing that it will benefit you in the long run.

    Keep up the good work!

    • michelle

      “In my opinion and experience stress often thrives in circulair actions. Too much work – stress – being less effective – stress increases – etc etc. ” : I totally agree with you. It’s important to take the time to relax because like you said, being stressed makes it hard to relax- it’s a vicious circle.

  3. Dave

    I totally agree: stress can cause lots of damages on health. Stress has become a way of life and I work so hard to change my mind and my habits.. Work in progress..