5. Chest Pain
Stress and anxiety can cause chest pain due to muscle tension or by triggering panic attacks. In fact, symptoms of a panic attack can closely mimic the symptoms of a heart attack. Individuals suffering a panic attack for the first time often report feeling as though they are having a heart attack. Symptoms may include a feeling of pressure in the chest, a squeezing sensation in the chest, rapid heart rate, and shortness of breath. Seek medical attention if you experience any of these symptoms.
4. High Blood Pressure
Your level of stress may have a direct effect on your blood pressure. Perhaps you have heard of white coat phenomenon. This refers to a situation in which individuals with normal blood pressure have high blood pressure readings due to their stress and anxiety over being in a doctor’s office. The American Heart Association advises employing stress-reducing techniques to prevent stress from raising your blood pressure. Allowing time for relaxation, knowing when to say no to additional duties, and focusing on daily pleasures can help to decrease the effects of stress.
3. Decreased Bone Strength
When you consider stress and bone strength, your mind may first go to physical stress on fragile bones. However, some studies suggest there is a link between mental stress and bone strength. Endocrinology Advisor reports there may be a link between anxiety and bone density. Furthermore, mental conditions, such as depression, may increase the risk of osteoporosis and bone fractures.