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What happens when stress becomes chronic?

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Chronic stress can do real harm to your body, and cause emotional and physical problems, including:

  • Digestive problems
  • Reproductive issues
  • Muscle tension
  • Fatigue
  • Chest pain
  • High blood pressure
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Depression

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Stress Symptoms: Effects on Your Body and Behavior.”

American Institute of Stress: “Workplace Stress.”

Mayo Clinic: “Exercise and stress: Get moving to reduce stress.”

National Sleep Foundation: “National Sleep Foundation Recommends New Sleep Times.”

National Institute on Mental Health: “Fact Sheet on Stress.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on November 6, 2016

SOURCES:

Mayo Clinic: “Stress Symptoms: Effects on Your Body and Behavior.”

American Institute of Stress: “Workplace Stress.”

Mayo Clinic: “Exercise and stress: Get moving to reduce stress.”

National Sleep Foundation: “National Sleep Foundation Recommends New Sleep Times.”

National Institute on Mental Health: “Fact Sheet on Stress.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on November 6, 2016

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