Neurexan® – Everyday Stress – Symptoms

What stress does to your body

Stress is a normal part of everyday life. And it’s not all bad. Stress can energize you to achieve more than you would in a relaxed state of mind. Adrenaline, a hormone that your body produces when the brain signals “stress,” makes you feel alert. Your heart rate increases, pumping more oxygen into the blood, your muscles tense in anticipation of fight or flight. This is the fundamental stress response that has accompanied mankind since the very beginning. But like many things in life, too much of something good can be harmful. Constant stress is a burden on your health and well-being. Your body reaches a tipping point and can no longer react appropriately. Signs of anxiety and stress symptoms start to show.1

The effects on body and mind

When it comes to stress, there’s a correlation between your emotional and your physical state. In other words: stress affects your mind and your body. If the stressful situation lasts longer, your mind will be the first to react. Nervous restlessness starts to settle in, while tension and anxiety gradually gain the upper hand. This usually leads to sleep disorders. The cortisol level in your body is permanently high, which in return weakens your immune system causing physical symptoms. You feel exhausted because your body cannot maintain its normal immune defense level. You become more prone to catching illnesses and infections when you have high prolonged stress levels. Your body also reacts in other ways. Stress headaches and chest pain are also common symptoms.1-3

Nervous Restlessness

Nervous Restlessness

A typical symptom of chronic stress includes nervous restlessness, which can lead to sleep disorders such as insomnia. Constant irritability, the inability to concentrate, and a lack of drive are common signs of nervous restlessness.4

Anxiety

Anxiety

Stress is often accompanied by anxiety. Here’s the difference between the two: stress is a response to a situation, whereas anxiety is a reaction to the stress you are experiencing. Anxiety is a feeling of fear, worry, or unease.4

Tension

Tension

Tension can be an emotional or physical strain. This depends on whether you have trouble thinking and focusing, or certain muscles in your body are tense and aching. Often both types of tension occur during stressful periods.4

Stress Headache

Stress Headache

Constant and repetitive strain as well as tense muscles can cause a stress headache, also known as a tension headache. Usually, there is a moderate or intense pain behind your eyes and in your head and neck. Lack of adequate sleep can increase pain.4

Stress Chest Pain

Stress Chest Pain

Chest pain can be the result of a heightened stress reaction. The feeling is often described as a sharp pain, stabbing pressure, or tightness. It tends to develop quickly but also then fades away just as rapidly.4

  1. Göthel D. Altern Ther. 2011;17(Suppl2):S32-S40.

  2. Zhang X, et al. Front Neurosci. 2018;12:367.

  3. McEwen BS. Physiol Rev. 2007;87(3):873-904.

  4. https://www.stress.org/daily-life

  5. https://www.stress.org/stress-effects

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