Stress is a symptom of the disease - not a cause. When we speak of stress, we mean any physical or mental strain that puts unneeded pressure on an individual's body and mind. In fact, stress is so common today that it has been given the label, "the silent killer". It has been found that stress is a major contributor to the emotional and mental illness. According to experts, stress can result in heart attacks, high blood pressure, digestive disorders, and depression.
Stress is a natural reaction to being faced with a challenging situation or task. However, prolonged exposure to high levels of stress can actually have negative effects. When a person is constantly bombarded with negative stress, his body adapts by developing certain physiological changes which include high blood pressure, irregular eating habits, increased tension and anxiety, depression, and cravings for food. These biological changes in the body can cause high levels of distress and anxiety. Some of the signs and symptoms of long-term stress include headaches, muscle tension, lack of concentration, decreased sense of well-being, irritability, insomnia, and weight gain.
Our physical appearance is also influenced by stress. According to recent studies, women who are subjected to more physical appearance-such as more make-up, shorter hair, and larger breasts-are likely to suffer from greater psychological distress than women with less attractive looks. Similarly, people who are exposed to much stress tend to exhibit unhealthy coping strategies such as compulsive eating, overeating, and engaging in risky sexual behaviors. Therefore, it is clear that physical appearance is not the only way that we can help ourselves fight-or-flight response.