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How Does Stress Affect Health

How does stress affect the body? Several recent studies have shown that two-thirds to ninety percent of illnesses are stress-related. Stress is a two-sided coin, good and bad.

 Like many other things in life, moderation is the best balance. To see how stress affects the body, it is necessary to look at the natural purpose of stress in everyday life.

Early humans needed a stress response for a successful life. Life is characterized by serious stressors, wildlife, attacks from neighboring tribes, and a difficult life.

Stress is the body's natural response to action, a means of safety (response to flight or fight). The response to things that cause personal stress increases the body's tension to deal with that stress.

The body can benefit from stress and be threatened by too much stress. How does stress affect the body? In short, there are two types of stress that can cause physiological changes in the body:

Good stress – like exercise, you stress muscles to build them. Stress that is short term and not a permanent threat is considered acute stress. This can lead to motivation, increased strength, and mental self-confidence. Students' exam stress can motivate them to study more and be better. 

Bad stress is a long term chronic situation. This is a constant threat that can lead to harmful effects on the body, such as the development of cardiovascular disease.