We all know that stress isn’t good for us. But how often do we really consider the potential impact that stress has on our long-term health?
We all feel stressed from time to time. Pressures at work, financial worries or relationship issues can all cause us to feel anxious and on edge. And it’s certainly been true in recent years that there’s been plenty for us to worry about.
And while we know that dwelling and doom-scrolling isn’t good for our mental health, we don’t often think about the knock-on effect that stress has on our physical wellbeing. But we should. Studies have found many health problems linked to stress. Stress seems to worsen or increase the risk of a variety of conditions like obesity, heart disease, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, depression and gastrointestinal problems.
But it’s not all bad news. It’s possible to manage stress, and by doing so, manage your risks of these types of conditions. For Stress Awareness Month, we’re taking a closer look.