Stress is not simply an emotional or psychological problem.
Stress is not simply an emotional or psychological problem. Although excessive stress does certainly have a negative impact on mental health, it also contributes to physical health problems and disease. Constant stress is linked to risks for long-term health problems like heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.
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Your body produces a surge of hormones when you’re under stress. These include cortisol and adrenaline. Cortisol can be a helpful part of our autonomic nervous system, helping us respond to our environment and adapt our metabolism for optimal performance. But too much cortisol over extended periods can lead to cortisol dysfunction and impact how our body uses glucose and also our blood pressure control.
High blood pressure is often referred to as a silent killer. It often has no symptoms, and most people who have high blood pressure don’t have any idea. For this reason, earlier this month, Blood Pressure UK ran its annual campaign to ensure more of us know what our blood pressure actually is. Unless we have a reason to visit the doctor, or unless we have a previously diagnosed blood pressure concern, most of us don’t have a clue what our blood pressure is.
Know Your Numbers Week 2022 ran to encourage as many people as possible to attend hundreds of pressure stations offering free blood pressure checks. Alongside the free checks, these clinics also offered advice about lifestyle changes that can positively impact blood pressure.
Too much stress leads to unhealthy habits
The relationship between chronic stress and high blood pressure is not as simple as saying stress raises your blood pressure. It does, but in terms of the causes of chronic hypertension, the correlation is more indirect. Stress leads to unhealthy behaviours. When you’re stressed, you may turn to alcohol, comfort food or tobacco. Being highly stressed can mean you take less time to look after yourself, make time for exercise and make healthier choices.
This is the reason we believe that relieving the stress of entrepreneurship can have a positive impact on your health. Hiring a virtual assistant may not directly lower your blood pressure and improve your health, but we believe we can help you make more time for healthy living by: