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5 Ways Stress Affects Your Nervous System

Updated: Mar 25

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This month, we are emphasizing the importance of becoming aware of triggers and establishing healthy routines. Long term stress often leads to chronic conditions because of the tasks to check off daily, it’s easy to feel stress that creates tension in the body.

1. It can cause headaches and migraines.

Headaches can be brought on by stress due to the increased tension in the muscles of your head and neck. This can lead to migraines, which are more severe headaches that can be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light and sound.

2. It can lead to digestive problems.

Stress can affect the function of your digestive system. When you’re stressed, your body produces more stomach acid than usual. This can lead to indigestion, heartburn, and ulcers. Stress can also make it more difficult to have a bowel movement, leading to constipation.

3. It can make you feel more anxious and stressed.

If you’re already feeling anxious or stressed, chronic stress can make these feelings worse. Stress can cause you to feel more on edge, making it difficult to concentrate or relax. You may also startle more easily and have difficulty sleeping.

4. It can cause muscle pain and tension.

Muscle pain and tension are common symptoms of stress. When you’re stressed, your muscles tense up in order to protect your body. This can lead to pain, stiffness, and even cramps.

5. It can cause difficulty sleeping.

Stress can make it difficult to fall asleep and stay asleep. When you’re stressed, your body is in a “fight-or-flight” state, which makes it difficult to relax. You may also have racing thoughts that make it hard to fall asleep. If you’re not getting enough sleep, you’ll likely feel more tired and stressed during the day.

The impact of stress on the nervous system goes far beyond feeling overwhelmed. From causing headaches and digestive issues to worsening anxiety and sleep problems, chronic stress ruins our physical and mental well-being.

By understanding how stress affects us, we can take steps to manage it. Here at Fleek Fitness, we empower women by focusing on activities that will help you manage stress at your own pace, build resilience and create a foundation for a calmer, healthier you.

Check out our program & set a discovery call with us to learn more.

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