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What are the factors at your job that can lead to chronic stress?

While individual stresses may seem like minor distractions and annoyances, the truth is they can add up and become soul-crushing.

Not being able to focus on your work can affect your body, and your body reacts to this stress by arousing the nervous system-which releases hormones.

As your pulse quickens, you breathing intensifies and your muscles tense. When your body is exposed frequently to this kind of stress, the stress creates allostatic load. This kind of stress has been linked to high blood pressure, chronic fatigue, musculoskeletal disorders, diabetes, depression, substance abuse and even heart attacks.

Allostatic load also can contribute to a weakened immune system, which can make vulnerable to colds and other illnesses. Even worse, it can weaken your brain's ability to learn new things and to remember things.

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