No matter who you are or what you do, chances are you feel stressed out from time to time.
From studying late hours as students, to putting in overtime at work, stress seems to be a requirement of life. As one of the most widespread health issues in our modern world, the seriousness of the issue is often brushed aside. Since it is so normal, most people assume that it can’t be that bad for you. However the reality is that stress can have a negative impact on everything from your mood, to your health, and even your finances.
We’re all familiar with the emotional impact of stress. You’re more likely to feel sad, angry, or moody under high stress. This in turn can affect your day-to-day productivity at work and home, resulting in even more distress. If you aren’t paying close attention to your emotions, you may hold on to the day’s stresses even when the stressful event has passed. Once our bodies have entered a state of anxiety, it can be hard to completely release the adrenaline and other stress hormones. The vicious cycle of stress can continue for days and weeks without us realizing how stressed we are.
For your body, stress plays a huge part in both your short and long-term health. Feeling stressed out can release hormones that increase and upset every system in your body, from raising your blood pressure, increasing digestive issues, and disrupting your sleep. You’re more likely to feel exhausted, have aches and pains, and suffer from illnesses when you’re stressed out.
What’s more, these physical and emotional changes caused by stress can affect your wallet, too. When your emotions are running high and you’re feeling physically run-down, you’re more likely to engage in impulse purchases. Stress can cause you to buy fast food, or expensive items you don’t need. It can be tempting to de-stress after a long work week by buying yourself new pricey clothes, or an extravagant dinner out. In addition, your increased likelihood of getting sick means more doctor visits that can cut into your budget.
With our busy lives and demanding work days, it can be hard to simply stop stressing. That’s why practicing stress-relieving activities is essential. Even just a few minutes a day spent on de-stressing can go a long way towards improving your overall mood and health. Try watching a funny video and laughing out loud, or calling an old friend. If you have even more time, try exercising or meditating. Whatever you have time for, there’s always something you can do to add a little brightness to your day.
For some great ways to practice stress-relieving activities in your life, check out this infographic by Turbo. Plus, for those who frequently feel worried about their finances, or tend to go for stress-relieving shopping sprees, every one of these great tips are free.