The Healthy Lawyer: Stress is More Dangerous than You Think


Lawyers belong to one of the groups of professionals who are prone to stress and stress related sicknesses. An average lawyer endures about three times more stress than what his body can accommodate. Every aspect of legal practice comes with a measure of stress mostly higher than tolerable.  Some people believe stress makes them perform better. But that is rarely true.  Stress usually causes a person to make more mistakes and lose concentration.

Besides making you forget embarrassingly, stress also can have dramatic negative impacts on your health.

Research has shown that accumulated stress of everyday life can damage your health in irreversible ways; from early aging to heart problems to long-term disability the list seems to be endless.

Some of the ways stress affect your life as shown by experts are listed below:

Stress can ruin Your Heart

Stress can physically damage your heart muscle. This is because stress hormones increase your heart rate and constrict your blood vessels thus forcing your heart to work harder, and increasing your blood pressure.The incidence rate of heart attacks and sudden death increases after major stress inducing incidents

Stress Makes it Difficult to Control Emotions

Neuroscientists have discovered that just a little stress is actually required for you to lose your cool. Even mild levels of stress such as that, encountered in daily life, may impair the ability to use cognitive techniques known to control fear and anxiety thereby letting loose our ability to control emotions.

Stress Triggers  and Promote Disease

Some people are more prone to certain diseases, and chronic stress can give these conditions the green light. Stress has been linked to illnesses including cancer, lung disease, fatal accidents, suicide, and cirrhosis of the liver.

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Stress can Affect Your Love Life

Sex is a pleasurable and effective way to relieve stress. But stress can also get you out of the mood quicker than you think. Stress can affect a man’s body weight, testosterone levels, and sexual desire. Numerous studies have shown that stress; especially performance anxiety, can lead to impotence.

High levels of stress in pregnant women also may trigger changes in their children as they grow, specifically behavioral and developmental issues.

Stress can Induce Weight Gain

In the ancient days of hunter-gatherers, harsh conditions forced people to eat as much as possible when food was available in order to store up for lean times. That compulsion lives on, inside us, and comes out when we are stressed.

Researchers found that when people find themselves in stressful situations, they are likely to consume 40 percent more food than normal.

Stress can Lead to Premature Aging

Chronic stress contributes significantly to premature aging. Stress shortens telomeres; structures on the end of chromosomes so that new cells can’t grow quickly. This leads to the inevitable signs of aging: wrinkles, weak muscles, poor eyesight, and more.

Stress weakens your immune system

The connection between mind and body is often underestimated. But everyone has experienced a cold when they can least afford to. That is  because the high demands stress puts on the body make the immune system suffer, which makes you more vulnerable to colds and infections.

Stress can lead to long-term disability

The potential dangers created by even mild stress should not be underestimated. They can lead to long-term disability serious enough to render you unable to work.

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Quoted: Healthline Newsletter

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