It’s common for many people to feel stress, anxiety, or burnout on a regular basis—from the pressures of work and personal finances to politics and world news. Stress isn’t new: it’s your body’s reaction to a challenge, but that reaction is only supposed to activate for a short period of time, until the problem is addressed.
A more constant physical pressure from ongoing stress hormones can have a negative effect on the body. “Stress is one of the only factors that’s listed as a risk factor for every major medical condition,” Yamalis Diaz, PhD, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU Langone, tells NBC Left Field.
“When people feel that constant pressure to always be on, always working, essentially they never get the time to decompress or cope. I want more people to recognize stress as an early indicator of problems to come if you don’t deal with it at the lower level,” says Dr. Diaz.
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