How Stress Destroys Your Body and Mind and How to Overcome It

According to WebMD[1] , 75-90% of all doctor visits are stress related and 43% of us suffer the adverse effects of stress.

We often forget that regardless of how much we may work out or spend on vitamins, we cannot have a healthy body without a healthy mind. The two are interconnected.

According to the Mayo Clinic [2], a stressed or overly anxious mind will have serious effects on our bodies, minds and behavior, affecting our relationships, career and happiness profoundly.

This makes sense and is logical. However, many of us focus on ways to increase our body health while overlooking our mental health. The bottom line is this is a false economy. An unhealthy mind will negatively affect our bodies, ageing us, and manifesting in all kinds of physical ways such as muscle tension, stomach problems, pain, headaches, nail biting, drug or alcohol abuse and sleep problems.


Common Effects of Stress

High blood pressure
Tachycardia (high resting heart rate)
Heart palpitations
Heart disease
Chest pain
Neck stiffness
Back pain
Lack of motivation
Lack of focus
Lack of appetite
Binge eating
Changed sex drive
Sleep problems
Shortness of breath
Poor diet
Lack of confidence or self belief
Self sabotage
Skin problems
Hair loss
Premature Ageing
Unnecessary medication and side effects
Lack of exercise
Inability to sit still
Sense of doom
Trust issues
Feeling overwhelmed
Easily irritated
Feeling of helplessness
Drug of alcohol abuse
Social withdrawal
Unexplained pain
Compulsive worry
Negative thinking
Relationship problems
Relationship breakdown
Work instability
Income loss
Feeling isolated, lost or alone
Hormonal problems
Reproductive issues
Poor memory or forgetfulness
Poor immune system
Mood swings
Indecisiveness or procrastination
Trouble learning


Poor mental health can cause premature ageing

Tips for a Healthy Mind

  • Make sure you get at least 7-8 hours sleep a night (9 if you’re a teenager and 10-11 if you’re a child).
  • Build relaxation time into your schedule.
  • Spend uninterrupted quality time regularly with your family, friends and those you love.
  • Aim to get outside, in nature, for at least half and hour a day. Feel the grass between your toes, or the sand beneath your feet.
  • Develop a regular exercise routine, doing something you enjoy.
  • Eat “growing food” – anything that was once growing and alive – rather than processed foods or foods that come out of a factory.
  • Drink 2 litres of water a day, but avoid drinking fluids too close to bedtime.
  • Avoid alcohol, especially during the week. Alcohol is a depressant.
  • Build regular relaxation techniques into your day, such as deep breathing or meditation.
  • Focus on the positives. What you focus on grows, so notice what is working in your life rather than what isn’t.
  • See destructive thoughts like signs on a highway advertising an unhealthy product like cigarettes…just ignore it, don’t “read” it, let it come and let it go.
  • Avoid violent or depressing movies, video games or social media.
  • Limit time on social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram to a maximum of half an hour a day.
  • Put time aside for you to do quiet peaceful activities like reading, taking a bath, lying in a park or on the beach, walking through nature or swimming in the sea.
  • Cuddle and play with your pets and children.

Stress can lead to unnecessary medication, and side effects like dependence

What Else You Can Do

Lyn Megan Macpherson (M.A., M.Ed., Dip.Clin.Hyp., Dip.NLP) is a Double Masters qualified, award winning, Government Accredited Clinical Hypnotherapist, NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Practitioner, Social Ecologist, Transformative Psychotherapist and author.

Lyn has researched and practiced revolutionary ways to overcome fears, anxieties, and all forms of destructive patterns of thinking and behaviour in order to generate long-term, natural and transformative change. She specialises in empowering young people with anxiety to calmly take control of their lives to confidently create their ultimate future. Lyn lives on the Northern Beaches with her husband and two teenage daughters. Please visit the HARMONY SOLUTIONS AND HYPNOTHERAPY WEBSITE HERE.


Disclaimer. Lyn Megan Macpherson is not a medical doctor, psychologist or psychiatrist, and does not claim to be one.  She therefore holds no legal liability for the choices of readers who are encouraged to make informed decisions and seek medical advice if required.

Links and References









[1] WebMD. The Effects of Stress on Your Body. Downloaded 2nd August, 2017 from http://www.webmd.com/balance/stress-management/effects-of-stress-on-your-body

[2] Mayo Clinic. Stress Symptoms: Effects on Your Body and Behaviour. Downloaded 2nd August, 2017 from http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress-symptoms/art-20050987

Author: Laurice Klaire

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