20 Ways Stress is Ruining Your Health

Stress isn't just affecting your brain: find out the full-body effects of this common condition.
Sarah Crow

If you feel that the only constant in your life is the undercurrent of stress you feel 24/7, you're not alone. According to the American Psychological Association's annual Stress in America report, stress is on the rise throughout the United States, having recently made its biggest quantitative leap in a decade. And while many assume that stress does little more than preoccupy your thoughts, there's ample evidence to suggest that it can actually harm your overall health, as well. 

Not only does stress often make it more difficult to get through your average day, it can take a serious toll on your entire body, increasing your risk of conditions ranging from obesity to cognitive decline. Fortunately, the solution is a simple one: discover these 20 ways stress is ruining your health and scale back on these detrimental behaviors, little by little, until you feel like that constant pressure is finally off your shoulders. And when you want to get happier in a hurry, bulk up your menu with these 15 Foods That Boost Your Mood.