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The effects of high stress levels on a person

Updated: Jan 29, 2021

There are many lifestyle factors and personal behaviours that can affect a person's health and well-being. One of these lifestyle factors is high stress levels and how, if a person has high stress levels, this can impact a person's physical, social and emotional health.


What does it mean to have high stress levels?

It is normal for a person to have pressures in life. Pressure helps a person live and survive. These pressures could include having a deadline, sticking to an appointment or paying bills each month to help a house run smoothly. However, sometimes these pressures can turn into high stress levels; if a person feels overwhelmed by the pressures and unable to cope with them.

Why would a person have high stress levels?

There are many reasons why a person may have high stress levels:

  • The person could be unhappy at work or at school and they have high stress levels as they do not enjoy what they are doing for most part of the day.

  • The person may feel they are working long hours and a heavy workload and they have high stress levels as they feel they cannot cope with the amount of work they are expected to do in a certain time.

  • The person may feel they have too much responsibility in the workplace or school and they have high stress levels as they feel they are unable to cope with having so much responsibility.

  • The person could be working under dangerous conditions and they may have high stress levels as they are worried that something may go wrong.

  • The person may be worried about having to give a speech in front of colleagues at work or school and they have high stress levels as they are nervous and worried that their speech will not go well.

  • The person may have experienced the death of a loved one, divorce or loss of job and have high levels of stress as they are finding coping with the loss incredibly difficult.

How does having high levels of stress affect a person's physical, social and emotional health?

Impact on Physical Health

If a person has high stress levels they could experience ongoing illnesses such as headaches, an upset stomach, high blood pressure or abnormal heartbeat. Signs in the body that a person has high stress levels may also includes heartburn, ulcers. The person may suffer from flare-ups of asthma or arthritis.

Impact on Social Health

If a person has high stress levels they could experience social problems like isolation from friends and family members. If a person has high stress levels they may be irritable and impatient with friends and family, snapping at them and becoming more aggressive towards them. This can cause the person to become isolated as their friends and family do not like spending time in the person's company.

Impact on Emotional Health

If a person has high stress levels they could experience a feeling of low self-worth and low self-esteem. They may have developed acne, eczema or psoriasis and feel worried about their appearance. They may have difficulty sleeping and so experience fatigue and exhaustion. They may feel unable to cope with tasks at work or in school, this can make a person lose confidence in their abilities and experience anxiety/depression.


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