“Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency. Nothing is that important.” – Natalie Goldberg
Stress manifests when someone experiences excessive levels of emotional or mental pressure. This emotional or mental pressure creates distress – a harmful psychological state that can damage both mind and body.
It is not hyperbole to say that stress can kill you. This fact and the near universal presence of stress in daily life does not bode well for individual and public health. Consider some of these alarming statistics:
– 77% of people regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress.
– 73% of people regularly experience psychological symptoms caused by stress.
– 33% of people feel “they are living with extreme stress.”
– 48% of individuals report lying awake at night due to stress.
– 48% of people cite stress as having a negative impact on their personal and professional life.
The human body consists of 78 organs total; all of which are divided into 13 “major” organ systems. Of all organs, five are considered vital: the brain, heart, kidneys, liver and lungs. Why do we mention this? Because stress negative affects them all, particularly the vital organs.
In this article, we discuss stress’ impact on 10 major organ systems. We’ll also provide some effective ways of destressing the body and mind (including the organs of course)!