Being aware of stress is one thing, but knowing the impacts it makes on your body is also another important aspect of stress. Here are some things you need to know on good/bad stress and the effects of stress on your body.


Good Stress


Our body may encounter “good” stress. Such as knowing when to avoid danger, being alert, or even experience something positive. Your body may help determine tough situations while the brain is getting more oxygen. Your body overall triggers good stress.


Bad Stress


Although our body intakes a lot of good stress, bad stress is where it gets worse. Because of the pressures of everyday life, our body can undergo a lot of stress and can factor your body’s health.


Central Nervous System – The central nervous system (CNS) is in charge of the ‘fight or flight’ response. The CNS is in charge of signaling your body on what to do depending on the certain emotion your body is feeling. If a negative stressor is still active, such as someone who is dealing with a hardship, this can lead to anxiety and even depression.


Digestive System – Under stress, your body produces extra glucose to boost your energy. If your body is under more stress, your body may not be able to store all the extra glucose. This can also lead to rapid heart beating, and intense breathing which can upset your digestive system.


Cardiovascular and Respiratory System – During stress, your heart pumps faster and may cause your blood pressure to go up. Because of this, frequent stress may cause you to be at risk for heart attacks.


Muscular System – If you are stressed, your muscles tighten up. This can be bad if you are stressed often because your muscles will not be able to breathe. Tighter muscles can cause back pain, headaches, and even body aches.


Reproductive System – Stress may affect the woman’s menstrual cycle while stress may affect men’s testosterone levels.  


Immune System – Stress may cause your immune system to go bad and increases the risk of illness and or infection.