The Danish Health and Medicine Authority has compiled a wide range of data on long-term stress and consequences for your health – here are the most important.
Stress and the consequences for your health
- Long-term stress is experienced as a state of prolonged tension and aversion.
- Stress triggers our autonomous nervous system that then pumps the hormones adrenalin and cortisol into the body. The purpose is to hone the senses and enable us to act. Afterwards the body relaxes again and restores itself. In prolonged stress the body never gets the rest needed to recover.
- Long-term stress can be dangerous for your health – the human body is not made to be in a constant state of readiness every day for a longer period. The body suppresses, for example, our need for food or sleep. This affects your health and well-being.
- Long-term stress can overload the faculties of memory and concentration so that they "short-circuit".
- Long-term stress also raises levels of sugar and fat in the blood. This strains the heart, the circulatory system and blood sugar regulation.
- Long-term stress results in raised blood pressure that also negatively impacts the heart and circulation.
- Long-term stress weakens the immune system so you become more susceptible to infection.