Dangers of stress and what you can do to limit the effects that stress has on your body read all about it below. If you are under an enormous amount of pressure either from work or school or family life at home or all of the above plus anything else you can throw into the mix then you really do need to know the dangers of stress and learn how to deal with it as soon as possible. Increased levels of stress in our lives can cause: Headaches, increased or abnormal heart rate, tension in the shoulders and neck, and digestion problems like nausea, heartburn, constipation and/or diarrhea. You may also find that you get sick more often. This is because prolonged exposure to stressful situations can deplete your immune system and leave you with nothing to fight off even the most common germs that bombard us every single day. Prolonged exposure to stressful situations can also have an effect on the one thing that keeps us all going every single day of our lives, our heart. Stressful situations can lead to high blood pressure. High blood pressure can lead to heart attack, blood clots that can cause stroke, and even death. If you have been under an increased amount of stress lately and have noticed any of these symptoms, you should get to your doctor as soon as you can and get a physical. Maybe you just need someone to be a sounding board to get things off of your chest. You may be surprised how talking to someone can alleviate many of these symptoms. I do not mean you have to go out right now and find a counselor but anyone who will listen and help you get things off your chest can do you a world of good. Never underestimate what a good friend and a cup of coffee can do for you. Since we all know that stressful situations are dangerous and bad for us and finding ways to deal with our stress after the fact can be difficult, we should learn techniques to deal with things as they come and eliminate the possibility that it will cause future health problems. There are numerous techniques that can teach you how to reduce the amount of tension you feel in your life, some as simple as relaxing in a nice, hot bath or taking a walk. Just being out in nature is said to be a huge stress reliever. If you have access to a nature preserve or state park, take the family on a nature walk, or go by yourself. Breathe the air and watch the birds and animals all around you. You will feel a lot better in the end. Other forms of exercise will benefit you, as well. Join a local gym and go work out all of your frustrations on the weight machines or treadmill.