Stress occurs when there is a change in the environment. Your body reacts to stress with physical, mental, and emotional symptoms.

We all experience stress from time to time. There are a lot of things that happen around you that put stress on your body, and there are also a lot of things you do. There are positive and negative aspects to experiencing stress in your environment, your body, and your mind.

How Does Stress Affect Health?

Human bodies are designed to respond to stress. Getting a promotion or going to work with greater responsibilities can be a source of positive stress ("eustress") that keeps us alert and ready to handle dangers. People become stressed ("distressed") when they face continuous challenges without any relief or relaxation between challenges. Consequently, the people become overworked and stressed out. There are many symptoms of stress that may show up physically, such as headaches, indigestion, elevated blood pressure, chest pain, and trouble sleeping. Studies have shown that 80 % of today's illnesses are caused by stress.

Stress also becomes harmful when people use alcohol, tobacco, or drugs to try to relieve their stress. Unfortunately, instead of relieving the stress and returning the body to a relaxed state, these substances tend to keep the body in a stressed state and cause more problems.

In Nigeria, stress levels are at an all-time high, which is reflected in their daily lives of people. These may be attributed to unhealthy lifestyles. In this part of the world, men pay little attention to stress unless it results to an opportunistic health condition. A study by the World Bank in 2017 revealed that 22 per cent of Nigerians, on average, are chronically depressed.

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