Toxic Stress

How it affects your Functional and Happy life

Toxic stress is a prolonged activation of the body’s stress response system in response to adverse experiences. It can have long-lasting negative effects on physical, emotional, and social well-being, especially for children whose brains are still developing. Toxic stress can disrupt brain development and lead to difficulties in regulating emotions, processing information, and forming positive relationships with others. It can also impact physical health by increasing the risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Seeking support from trusted friends, family members, or mental health professionals is crucial in recognizing and addressing toxic stress to maintain a normal and happy life.

If we experience high levels of stress, these physical effects can get worse.

These effects might include:

  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Panic attacks.
  • Blurred eyesight or sore eyes.
  • Sleep problems.
  • Fatigue.
  • Muscle aches and headaches.
  • Chest pains and high blood pressure.
  • Indigestion or heartburn.

If you are stressed, you might feel:

  • Irritable, angry, impatient or wound up
  • Over-burdened or overwhelmed
  • Anxious, nervous or afraid
  • Like your thoughts are racing and you can’t switch off
  • Unable to enjoy yourself
  • Depressed
  • Uninterested in life
  • Like you’ve lost your sense of humour
  • A sense of dread
  • Worried or tense
  • Neglected or lonely
  • Existing mental health problems getting worse

Some people who go through severe stress may experience suicidal feelings. This can be very distressing.

If you feel unable to keep yourself safe, it’s a mental health emergency.


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