Updated: Dec 4, 2019
Q: I feel very stressed this holiday season and I can whenever that happens I seem to always come down with a cold or infection of some kind. Can stress really affect my body like that? –Helen K, Ft. Myers
A: The pace of our lives (especially around the holiday season) makes stress management a necessary skill for most of us. Stress symptoms may be affecting your health, even though you may not realize it. One of the most important precautions you can take to avoid getting sick is to practice your stress management skills. The effects of stress on immune system function and overall level of wellness have been studied and well-documented, and if you're worried about your health, stress levels should be monitored closely! The biggest impact chronic stress has on the body is to weaken the immune system, resulting in increased susceptibility to illness. When faced with a weakened immune system, the body is unable to combat serious health issues such as heart disease and diabetes.
To protect your health, stress should be kept to a minimum. Easier said than done, right?