Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand or threat.
It can help you stay focused, energetic, and alert and can help you rise to meet challenges but stress can also stop being helpful and start causing major damage to your health, your mood, your productivity, your relationships, and your quality of life.
Stressful events can alter the levels of hormones in the body and affect the immune system. When you’re stressed, your body makes certain so-called “stress” hormones to deal with it.
Both cancer patients and carers have many stressful moments. Symptoms of stress include physical signs, such as trouble sleeping, headaches, high blood pressure, changes in appetite and heart palpitations. Emotional signs may include feeling tired, unwell, overly sensitive or physically and emotionally drained. If stress is ongoing, it could lead to exhaustion and burnout.
Check with your medical team if feeling stressed and for carers, seek some extra help.
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