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When activated too long or too often, stress can damage virtually every part of our body.

Key Points:

  • If stress is activated too often or for too long, it can wreak havoc on your body.
  • Biologically, stress is caused by the release of hormones. Problems can arise if these hormones are released too consistently.
  • Continued stress can also affect digestion and weight retention by disrupting normal, healthy digestion.
  • Continued stress will affect your immune system in the long-term, making you more susceptible to sickness.
  • To negate these effects, you must learn how to healthily handle stress so you do not suffer its most serious side-effects.

Quote This:

If you don’t think your anxiety, depression, sadness and stress impact your physical health, think again. All of these emotions trigger chemical reactions in your body, which can lead to inflammation and a weakened immune system. Learn how to cope, sweet friend. There will always be dark days. -Kris Carr

See Also: Health, Mental Health

Talk About It
  1. What is your initial reaction to this topic? What jumped out at you?
  2. What are some things that cause you stress? Do these things happen often or rarely?
  3. What side effects of stress do you notice most often in your own life?
  4. Do you think it’s important to know the effects stress can have on your body? Why or why not?
  5. What sort of things do you do to combat stress? Are these things effective?
  6. Write a personal action step based on this conversation.