7222 Crawford Rd Suite 100
Argyle TX 76226

CHRISTOPHER HUGHES, MD
WILLIAM MUSGRAVE, DO

The Long-Term Physical Effects of Stress
By Argyle Family Practice
January 13, 2021
Category: Health
Tags: Stress  

Stress changes how our bodies and minds function. At Argyle Family Practice in Argyle, TX, our professional team partners with patients in reducing stress levels for improved health and mental/emotional function. Dr. William Musgrave and Dr. Christopher Hughes want you fully informed on the long-term physical effects of stress so you can better reduce it.
 

Stress and the body

The American Psychological Association (APA) maintains that stress impacts every part of your body--the respiratory system, muscles, nerves, blood vessels, GI and GU tract, and more. While a sudden, acute stress episode--that is, true emergency--can provide you the increased sensory awareness and muscular function and strength to respond quickly and efficiently, chronic stress actually wears the body down, elaborates the APA.
 

In fact, our physicians at Argyle Family Practice in Argyle, TX, see increases in stress-related conditions such as COPD, hypertension, erectile dysfunction, asthma, GI upset, irritable bowel, and more. So, we all must develop effective coping strategies to manage stress and keep our bodies as fit and functional as possible.
 

Managing your stress

If you struggle with the effects of chronic stress, talk to your primary care physician at Argyle Family Practice. Both Dr. Musgrave and Dr. Hughes will help you develop a care plan aimed at stress reduction.
 

Strategies can include:
 

  1. Talking it out with a friend, loved one, or therapist.
  2. Being as active as possible through routine aerobic exercise such as walking, running, swimming, dancing--whatever you enjoy.
  3. Sleeping seven to nine hours per night every night as advised by the American Heart Association.
  4. Breathe deeply and intentionally as diaphragmatic respiration improves relaxation, as documented by the Harvard Medical School.
  5. List your tasks for the day, and cross them out as you accomplish them.

It's so common

The American Psychological Association says that when asked, most Americans report one or more symptoms of stress within the past 30 days. Add more symptoms more frequently and you have the recipe for stress-induced illnesses.
 

At Argyle Family Practice in Argyle, TX, our professional staff is all about prevention. Management of your stress symptoms helps your overall health, function, and sense of well-being. Dr. Musgrave and Dr. Hughes are only too happy to discuss these matters with you so you control the stressors in your life.
 

Phone us for a one-on-one consultation: (940) 226-4850.

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