Stress Relief

5 Signs of Chronic Stress

5 Signs of Chronic StressStress can affect different people in different ways. While one person might feel listless and unmotivated, another person might become jittery and feel on-edge all the time. Still, there are several common symptoms that can be a sign that you are experiencing high levels of stress on a regular basis. If you think you might be suffering from chronic, read to learn about some of the most common warning and how they can affect your life.

Persistent Physical Pain

One of the most common signs of chronic stress is persistent pain throughout the body. While this can actually affect any part of the body, many people tend to experience it as headaches and stomach aches.

Depending on your overall health level, you may also feel chest pains or aches in your back and legs. Much of this has to do with constrictions of your blood flow, which can come from high blood pressure as a result of the stress. Continue reading

Effects of Chronic Stress on DNA

Effects of Chronic Stress on DNA

The American lifestyle is rife with stress, with things like caring for the sick and the elderly, heavy job pressures, hectic lifestyles and financial difficulties being a part of our everyday lives.

A survey done by the American Psychological Association (the Stress in America Survey), approximately 42 percent of Americans indicate that their level of stress has risen in the past 5 years. Stress is being reported in teenagers, who often experience more stress than adults do. Continue reading

Stress & Memory Issues

Stress & Memory IssuesStress has a negative impact on a person’s ability to remember things. Retrieving things that have been learned and encoding memory are the major impacts of stress on the body. Under times of increased stress, the body secretes epinephrine, norepinephrine, and cortisol from the adrenal glands. These act on the neurotransmitters of the brain that can result in long-term damage to brain cells that are involved in memory production.

The Impact of Glucocorticoids

The glucocorticoids (mainly cortisol) are believed to negatively affect memory. Cortisol impairs the brain’s ability to function in its memory processes. Cortisol is one of the major biomarkers for stress. Under healthy circumstances, it is the hippocampus of the brain that takes short-term memory and translates it into long-term memory. Continue reading