Long Term Effects Of Stress: What Happens If You Ignore It

Long Term Effects Of Stress: What Happens If You Ignore It

Many people don’t realise that stress is gradually, but surely taking a toll on their wellbeing all the while they are under its control. While it is a natural side effect to straining events or demanding work, it is ultimately very damaging to both your mind and body.

Stress isn’t something which can be simply ignored while you go about your demanding days; sooner or later, you will be faced with the consequences if you sweep it aside and continue your repetitive, but very strict schedule. These are many long term consequences to stress if you ignore its agonising burden, and this post will give you only a few of these deadly results as there are too many to list down in only one singular post.


Heart Disease


Stress places an unhealthy amount of strain upon your heart thanks to the constant onslaught of adrenaline which is released; your heart rate will be at a high level for a lengthy amount of time, which ultimately isn’t very suitable for the strong, but certainly not invulnerable muscle.

This will eventually weaken your heart to an extreme extent if left unsupervised, and in the long run will produce a higher chance of yourself retrieving a kind of heart disease in the later years of your life.

Heart attacks, or simply the terrifying tension-filled risks, will become more common to you than to somebody else with a stress-free heart if you don’t do anything to combat your stress. Furthermore, the probabilities of your blood vessels forming a deadly blood clot will heighten also if the stress you are under is left unsoothed.

This is one of the many reasons why it is excessively important to deal with your newly-gained work or home-related stress rather than simply ignoring it and hoping it will go away in its own time; leave it alone long enough and it may just take your life.


Respiratory Issues


When we are under stress, we tend to breathe much heavier than we usually do. Unfortunately, this heavy breathing can be quite problematic if you have either asthma or some kind of lung disease; take emphysema as an example of a disease.

If you have a form of asthma or a disease, stress is something you really don’t want to be under as it could potentially make your situation worse, possibly to the point of even killing you if you aren’t careful. Of course, that doesn’t mean you are out of the blue if you don’t suffer from asthma or a form of disease…

For instance, acute stress – an intense kind of stress such as after the death of a loved one or breaking up with your spouse – can affect anybody, whether they have a respiratory illness or not; they can be so intense and sudden that they can actually trigger asthma attacks.

Additionally with asthma attacks, panic attacks are another thing to look out for from rapid breathing due to the stress. Even worse if somebody is more prone to them than others. Thankfully, there are breathing and relaxation techniques one can use from a psychologist.

Essentially, the heavy breathing as a defense from the stress can be quite dangerous to pretty much anybody; another effective reason to either do something about the stress you are under, or to see somebody, such as your GP.


Weak Immune System


Chronic stress (when the stress has gone on for so long that your body starts to produce corticosteroids is where you should start to be concerned about your stress and preferably you should find a way to soothe it as soon as possible as it can play a part in damage to your health or other issues, like your immune system becoming weaker.

Your immune system is very important as it helps your body to fend off any infections or illnesses that may have infiltrated your body. Chronic stress can weaken your immune system by putting the body’s natural defense under pressure, giving it a harder time to maintain its effective work of keeping you safe and healthy from harmful pathogens.

If you are under stress, you may find yourself more prone to illnesses like colds and the flu than a regular person who isn’t under a strong bout of chronic stress.


Skin Conditions


As well as inside your body, stress can have an effect on the outside of your body as well, particularly with your skin. Stress causes your body to release hormones and such like adrenaline, but it also forces your body to produce cortisol, which ultimately tells the glands inside your skin to produce more oil.

Unfortunately, acne and other skin problems love oil which means that essentially, cortisol forcing the skin glands to make oil is a recipe for all sorts of upcoming disasters. Such conditions include acne, eczema, and another condition called stress rash.

I know by personal experience about how stress can affect somebody’s skin; my own mother had a serious case of eczema a few years back due to a lengthy build up of stress. Her skin was dry and flaky and itched a lot. Thankfully, we had special cream at the ready to help soothe the intensity, but the entire ordeal certainly wasn’t positive. The eczema had lasted for about a few months before it finally subsided and her skin returned to normal.

If you are under stress, be sure to take extra care of your skin to prevent any skin conditions from forming and making your body uncomfortable and unattractive looking.


Brain Troubles


Stress can put as much strain on the brain as well as on the heart. If the levels of cortisol have reached to the point where the body cannot release it out of its system as much as the stress is forcing the body to create it, it can cause all sorts of trouble for your body, especially the brain.

High levels of cortisol can prevent your brain from performing its important duties as well as it would without the immense loads of cortisol. Not only that, but stress can also kill brain cells if it isn’t relieved in time, which is a very serious reason for you to deal with any stress you may be under as soon as possible.

Stress can also play a part in allowing the development of mental illnesses later in life, such as Alzheimer’s or dementia.

If anything else on this list wasn’t enough to persuade you to relieve any stress you or somebody you know is being affected by, then surely the imminent damage stress will do to the brain is more than enough. Stress is serious and isn’t something to ignore or simply laugh at.

If you being affected by stress, see your local GP if you can’t seem to soothe yourself with any natural relievers or methods.




In conclusion, long term stress can have quite a serious effect on your body. The effects I have listed down here are only a few of the many different side effects and consequences of simply ignoring your stress and allowing it to gradually grown from a slight obstacle to a life-threatening catastrophe.

I hope that this list has shown you why exactly it is important to do everything you can do to relieve any stress you may be under as it can be disastrous later on, whether it be a few months from now to a few years.

If you know anybody who is being affected by stress, or if you yourself are stuck in the slippery ditch of stress, it would be best to seek your GP, or advise the person you know to seek their GP if any methods or supplements you or they have tried weren’t successful.

Stress is a very serious thing, and isn’t something to take lightly; it may be natural to have some stress at any point in your life, it is not natural to be stressed literally 24/7 for a number of weeks at a time.

Again, I hope this list has made you realise that stress is deadly and should be dealt with as soon as possible should you or someone you know be under its control.

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