There are very real effects of stress on body and mind that should help you see the importance of reducing the stress in your life. As we all know, the body as a whole is made up of eleven body systems. Each system is important to the body and they were all designed to work together as one unit. The effects of stress on body and mind are more evident than ever. Let’s see the effect of stress on some major systems of our body.
This system includes the brain, spinal cord, and all the other nerves running through the rest of the body. The nervous system ensures that the communications between all systems are good. It is also responsible for recognizing and coordinating the body’s response to internal and external changes.
Long term effects of stress on CNS include: Anxiety, Panic attacks, Depression, Insomnia (Sleep problem) etc.
This system includes the heart and the blood vessels and it’s job is to keep the body alive by circulating blood through the body.
Short term effect: Stress causes irregular heartbeat, chest pain, and constriction of blood vessels.
Long term effects: High blood pressure, Heart attack, stroke etc.
This system includes mouth, Intestines, stomach, Gall bladder, liver, pancreas, and rectum. This system has a job to break down and digest food and to take all the nutrients required for the body.
Short term effects: nausea, diarrhoea, constipation, appetite abnormalities.
Long term effects: stomach ulcers, IBD (irritable bowel disease), colitis, Acid Reflux etc
This system includes the thymus gland, lymph nodes, spleen, tonsils, liver, and appendix. Stress causes low immunity opening the door to sickness like colds, flu’s, viruses and other illnesses.
Long term effects: Fibromyalgia , Candida, Lupus infections.
Integumentary System (Skin):
This system includes skin, hair and nails. This system serves as a barrier against infection and injury.
Short term effect: stress can cause hair loss, brittle nails, and even acne.
Long term effects: chronic skin disorders, inability to heal wounds properly, skin infections and premature aging.
This system is responsible for growth development, metabolism, and it has a great responsibility to maintain the body’s homeostasis.
Long term effects: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Thyroid problems, and even menstruation irregularities.
This system includes kidneys, bladder, and urethra. Its job is to remove waste from the body in order to help maintain the body’s homeostasis.
Long term effects: kidney stones, bladder infections, cystitis, and kidney infections.
This system includes all the bones, joints and cartilage in the body.
Long term effects: decreased bone density, joint malfunction.
This system includes all the sexual organs needed for reproduction.
Short term effects: Stress causes a decrease in libido and can also affect the quality of sexual performance.
Long term effects of stress include: Impotence and Infertility
Hopefully by now, you realize just how stress affects your body and mind and its impact on you and your health. More than anything, you must see the seriousness in taking care of yourself and managing the stress in your life. Stress relief is very important. In Ayurveda, there are very good treatments to Prevent and Cure stress and its related diseases.
Therapies like Shirodhara, Nasya, Basti, along with proper diet, depending upon body type of an individual are proven to be excellent in stress management.
All these and many other Authentic Ayurvedic treatments are available at our center.
If you are not suffering from any long-term illness, you may try the Stress Relief therapy which will take 90 mins daily for 1st two days and approximately 2 hrs on last day –
1st day – Full body Ayurvedic massage using medicated herbal oil for about 45 mins, followed by 10mins of steam. It would be advisable to take a shower after the massage, please carry a fresh change of clothes if desired.
2nd day – Shirodhara – Head and neck massage followed by Dhara. Dhara is a process of pouring of medicated herbal oil, decoction or medicated buttermilk in a systematic Ayurvedic method.
3rd day – Both Full body massage and Shirodhara.
For those suffering from long-term illnesses; the therapy will be advised only after consultation with our team at Ayurvedic Services Center.