Health risks of prolonged stress and anxiety

We often talk about the academic implications of anxiety, affecting our grades and study skills – so lets have a brief look at other health effects.

Just a few days ago I was writing how, aside from academic performance, anxiety can negatively affect your ability to enjoy everyday experiences and suck the fun out of leisure time. But stress can have a number of other physical and mental effects as well.

Of course, it’s nothing really new; we’ve heard for years about the numerous negative effects of too much stress, which MayoClinic does an excellent job of briefly summing up:

On your body On your mood On your behavior
  • Headache
  • Muscle tension or pain
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Change in sex drive
  • Stomach upset
  • Sleep problems
  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Lack of motivation or focus
  • Irritability or anger
  • Sadness or depression
  • Overeating or undereating
  • Angry outbursts
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Tobacco use
  • Social withdrawal

In a similar vein, a recent AZ Star article talks about the latest findings linking prolonged stress to heart disease in some veterans suffering from PTSD. The lesson to be learned here is that, while many symptoms and effects can be easily mitigated and eventually resolved, such as fatigue or sleeping problems, prolonged stress can have a more serious or long term consequences as well.

While I’m not claiming that PTSD is the same thing as fear of taking tests, too much anxiety is a serious detriment to our body and mind, regardless of the source. But the good news is that, since it is such a big topic, it means there are many well researched and proven methods for dealing with almost any type of anxiety!

So if you think constant worries might be negatively influencing your academic performance and enjoyment of school, why not take the Free Evaluation and see if there’s some areas you could improve on!


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