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Sick with worry: How thoughts affect your health

If your mind and body are constantly on edge because of excessive stress in your life, you may face serious health problems. Chronic emotional stress can affect virtually every organ system in negative ways, according to NIH. Prolonged stress has been shown to cause numerous health problems, including:

  • Weakening of the immune system, making you more likely to have colds or other infections
  • High blood pressure
  • Upset stomach, ulcers and acid reflux 
  • Anxiety
  • Increased rapid heart beat and heart palpitations 
  • Panic attacks
  • Cardio-vascular problems
  • Increase in blood sugar levels
  • Irritable bowel problems 
  • Backaches
  • Tension headaches or migraines
  • Sleep problems
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Respiratory problems and heavy breathing
  • Worsening of skin conditions, such as eczema

How to control caregiver stress

Stress is not simply a function of what you do. It's also a function of how you react. AgingCare.com has lots of information on how to deal with stress:

Know the Signs of Caregiver Stress
The first step in dealing with caregiver stress is to recognize the signs.

6 Surprising Ways to Instantly Lower Stress
Every day tasks that instantly lower your stress level.

6 Things You have At Home That Can Relieve Stress
No need to spend tons of money or time to de-stress. Here are six things that are probably lying aroundy your house right now, that can help you unwind and de-stress.

Get Better Sleep and Relieve More Stress
10 tips for the best sleep ever. start establishing better habits so you can consistently get quality sleep.

Facing reality: Caregiving has changed your life
Most caregivers go into caregiving mode with full hearts and wonderful intentions. They rarely stop to think, "Hmm, this could go on for years. I'd better plan it out.

Detaching With Love: Setting Boundaries in Toxic Relationships
How to break free from a parent who drains you.

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