Effects of Stress on Health

Effects of Stress on Health

  • Long-term exposure to catecholamine from excessive activation of the SNS
    • Increases risk of CV diseases
    • Decreases control of metabolic conditions
    • Makes us more susceptible to infection
    • Linked to leading causes of death, impaired cognitive function, and negative changes in lifestyle behaviors

Coping Strategies

  • Emotion-focused coping: Managing emotions that one feels when a stressful event occurs 
    • Purpose:  To help decrease negative emotions and help create a feeling of
      well-being
  • Problem-focused coping: Finding solutions to resolve problems causing stress
    • Purpose:  Allows one to look at a challenge objectively and take action to address the problem and reduce the stress