The Negative Health Impact of Stress

You may have seen the Infographic “The Negative Health Impact of Stress (Infographic)” before. And if you did, because good information is worth repeating, we want to be sure you see it again. And if you have not seen it before, see below. This infographic shows you what is happening to your body the next time you are stressed out. And offers suggestions on how to alleviate the dangers. Please join us in welcoming author Aris Grigoriou (Aris’ Bio can be see below).


The Negative Health Impact of Stress

While many of us have an awareness of the mental and emotional impact of stress, there is less understanding of how it can affect us physically. However, there is a very strong link between stress and our physical well being. Furthermore, this is evidenced by the fact that between 75 – 90% of all doctor’s visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints.

The Stress Response

To better understand how stress impacts our health, it’s a good idea to learn more about the body’s stress response:

1. When we have feelings of stress or anxiety, the amygdala (the part of the brain that processes emotions) emits a distress signal to the hypothalamus (the brain’s control centre).

2. As a result, the body is flooded with adrenaline.

3. The release of adrenaline triggers the “fight or flight response”. This essentially puts the body into high-alert mode.

4. This prompts numerous physiological changes e.g. faster heartbeats, higher blood pressure, rapid breathing, and/or tensed muscles.

5. The brain then sends out the stress hormone “Cortisol”. Cortisol can temporarily modify or shut down bodily functions that are deemed to hamper survival.

6. Experts believe this to be the root cause of many of the physical symptoms associated with stress (e.g. headaches, stomach aches, insomnia etc.).

Find Out More About The Negative Health Impact of Stress

If you are curious about the science of stress you can learn more about how stress affects the body in the Infographic below, brought to you by Study Medicine Europe. This educational guide includes a detailed outline of the many ways stress can negatively impact our health and wellbeing.

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Author Bio

Study Medicine EuropeAris Grigoriou is the Student Recruitment Manager for Study Medicine Europe and author if the Infographic above. Study Medicine Europe is a medical student recruitment business with offices in the UK, Germany, Greece and Cyprus. They secure placement for prospective students from all over the world into affordable medicine and veterinary courses in universities throughout Europe.


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