How Can Stress Impact My Physical Health?

Melissa King

EverCare Pharmacy

Trenton, Missouri

May 1, 2021

“Take a chill pill” seems to be a common phrase we hear these days. Stress seems to have become an accepted part of our lives, but the truth is we often need more than just a “chill pill” to relieve it! So how does stress impact our physical health? Just look around and you will find people suffering from acute symptoms of stress, including tension headaches, insomnia and anxiety. Many people also exhibit stress-induced behaviors like overeating, substance abuse, lack of physical exercise, and decreased interest in hobbies, friends or family. Studies even show our children are experiencing higher-than-ever levels of stress. Left untreated, stress can also lead to more serious effects on our physical health, such as higher risk for conditions including hypertension, heart attack, stroke, cancer, diabetes and a variety of emotional and mental health-related disorders.

The good news is that stress levels can often be alleviated or improved rather quickly. Usually, they will require a variety of treatments customized to the individual. As a supporter of seeking natural methods, I believe that making good daily decisions can often be the best medicine to decrease stress. This can include eating a balanced diet, increasing physical exercise, practicing less screen time, trying acupuncture or massage therapy, taking time to relax, and spending time with friends and family. Others may find help through prescription medications or the wide variety of over-the-counter and natural products on the market. Pharmacists are a great resource to help you find ways to relieve and treat stress and, in turn, improve your physical health and mental well-being.

The views and opinions expressed above are those of the author and do not necessarily represent that of AmerisourceBergen Drug Corporation. The content is for informational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, prescribe or treat any health condition and should not be used as a substitute for consulting with your health professional.

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