Is Stress Making You Sick?

Did you know that stress can directly impact your body? The University of Pittsburgh has completed a study which confirms the validity of psychosomatic illnesses.

The bodies response in stressful situations is influenced by the link between the cerebral cortex and adrenal medulla.

However, the team also found that taking part in relaxing activities can benefit your body and lessen the effects of stress.

Recognizing How Debilitating Stress Can Be


For many years people have regarded psychosomatic illnesses as a falsity, but there are lots of people that notice significant changes in their body when they become stressed.

Stress can trigger many conditions including:

  • Acne – especially in teenagers when they’re due to take exams or suffering at school.
  • Headaches – A study has shown that 60% of working age people suffer from stress-related headaches.
  • Severe Pain – Individuals with stress tend to have more of the cortisol hormone in their body.
  • Colds – A review of 27 studies has found that stress symptoms can cause a cold in some people.
  • Fatigue – Not only can stress cause you to feel more tired, but it also interferes with your sleep cycle.
  • Weight Gain – When we’re stressed, we turn to comfort foods which are usually not good for us! Burgers, fries, chocolate, and chips equal one thing: Extra inches to your waistline.
  • Digestive Disorders – Irritable Bowel Syndrome is a chronic disease which interferes with a sufferers life. Stress makes it a lot worse, but learning about the condition can enable you to reduce the symptoms.

Accepting Stress

So, the next time you’re feeling unwell think about what’s happening in your life and the negative effects it might be having.

There are many products that promote relaxation, but it’s important to recognise the causes of stress.

Accepting that stress might be making you unwell is the first step to your healing journey.

Do you feel people don’t take you seriously when you say stress is causing physical symptoms? What do you find affects you the most? We’d love to hear from you in the comment section.