permanent stress

Permanent stress: effects on the body

At Job, in social relationships or even in your spare time: Stress is the daily companion in the everyday life of many people. We receive more and more tasks and more and more demands. But as soon as stress becomes a habit, all alarm bells should ring. Because the long-term consequences of permanent stress should not be underestimated.

What is constant stress?

Continuous stress is also known as chronic stress is called. If you are under tension for a longer period of time, the permanent condition can have a negative effect on the body. Although stress is helpful under certain circumstances to cope with challenging situations, such as improving your exam performance, or to flee or defend yourself in dangerous situations, it can also be a source of stress.

But the sensation of constant stress over a longer period of time leads to undesirable effects on health.

Effects of permanent stress on the body

First of all, one should be aware that everyone is a individual stress level has. Thus, people perceive stressful situations to different degrees. But sooner or later even stress-resistant people can make the feeling of permanent stress sick in the long term.

The sensation of stress involves a variety of Hormones distributed, the diverse symptoms can cause. These include Cortisol, adrenaline and norepinephrine. They initially have a positive effect and help the organism to perform well in stressful situations. However, excessive production over a longer period of time damages health and has negative effects on important parts of our body.


Continuous stress has an effect on Memory performance. At a young age, prolonged stress can Brain development and cause lasting damage. Even the older generation is not spared the effects. Researchers were able to establish a connection between long-term stress and Dementia or Alzheimer determine...


Not only long working days in front of the monitor can strain the eyes. Permanent stress also leads to problems, which take the form of Visual disorders can occur. For example, high stress can lead to blurred vision, flickering eyes, double images or even a loss of visual field.


Our ears are also affected by permanent stress. Unpleasant Ear noises or a whistling in the ear, also known as Tinnitus...can spread. Depending on the intensity of the sensation of stress, the constant noises become louder or quieter.


Continuous stress weakens the cardiovascular system. The heart beats faster and the hypertensive each other. It has been proven that the risk of heart disease, cardiac arrhythmia or suffering a stroke or heart attack increases under chronic stress.


The musculature is not spared from permanent stress either. During stress the muscles are tense and better supplied with blood, which is initially an advantage in many situations. In the long term this can lead to Cramps and Tensions lead. It should be kept in mind that neck tensions as well as shoulder tensions are often responsible Headaches are responsible.


Stress particularly activates intestinal activity. Especially people with Irritable bowel syndrome feel an aggravation of the symptoms under stress, which can Abdominal pain, Blockages or Diarrhoea express.

Immune System

In chronic stress, a weakening of the immune system can be observed. In the beginning, inflammations in the body are suppressed, but too much cortisol weakens the immune system. Infections and wound healing disorders are promoted. Also Herpes can occur as a visible symptom of a permanent strain on the body and indicate a weakened immune system.

Constant stress on the mental level

Permanent stress leads on the psychological side to the fact that negative beliefs and pessimistic thoughts generally more internalized. As a result, the risk of Depression to fall ill.

A slowly creeping Burnout can be a result of constant stress. To the first Symptoms of burnout count among others Tiredness, Exhaustion and a general Feeling of being overwhelmedwhich is subsequently combined with many of the physical symptoms already mentioned. A burnout should be treated early. If the physical symptoms have already accumulated, do not hesitate to consult a doctor.

Other symptoms that can manifest themselves through constant stress are also:

What to do in case of permanent stress?

The hamster wheel of chronic stress often cannot be avoided. It is important to be aware of your own body and the symptoms caused by chronic stress and to take action against it. set priorities or a Time out from everyday life and finally switch off, there are many things that help in states of long-term stress. Also, the acquisition of Relaxation exercises for stress management reduce the feeling of stress.

Text: Alicja Indyk