Dwelling on stressful events may raise inflammation levels in body by 20 pc

Last Updated: Monday, April 8, 2013 - 19:09

Washington: By thinking about past stressful events, people basically recreate a stressor in their mind, a study has revealed.

Study author Peggy Zoccola from the department of Psychology of Ohio University said that stress can lead to changes in people`s body, their heart rate, blood pressure, or cortisol levels and thinking about a stressful circumstance can activate that same set of responses in the body, Fox News reported.

She said that while occasionally stewing over something doesn`t cause the kind of inflammation, which is considered high-risk for cardiovascular disease and other illnesses, constantly doing it could make people more vulnerable to inflammation-related disorders.

According to a study from the University of Kansas , if a person is freaking out, the individual should just slap a smile on their face, as even just faking a grin can help reduce stress responses and lower their heart rate.

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First Published: Monday, April 8, 2013 - 12:45

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