Workplace Stress Reduction and Dry Eye Relief

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Workplace stress can cause changes in your body, your emotions , and induce chronic dry eyes.  Many of the familiar symptoms are:

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  • Dry Eyes
  • Headache
  • Fatigue – feeling tired
  • Stiff Neck and Shoulder Pain
  • Back Pain
  • Sweaty Palms and Feet
  • Upset stomach
  • Depression

Chronic stress left untreated can lead to serious long term illnesses and decreased immune systems.  Some of these examples are:

  • chronic dry eye syndrome
  • heart diseases
  • chronic muscle pains
  • changes in hormone levels that lead to low fertility
  • weakening lung functions leading to catching colds and flu’s more easily,
  • asthma
  • obstructive lung diseases
  • worsening of skin problems like acne, eczema and psoriasis

Relationship between stress and dry eyes are well documented.  We can understand this phenomena from how stress affects the circulatory system (How Does Stress Affect the Circulatory System. By Adrian Whittle). Stress causes the blood to produce hormones that increase the blood flow (increase blood pressure) and make blood thicker (causing strokes). As the heart is working harder, the micro-circulation of blood to the extremities such as skin, legs, and arms are decreased.

This decrease in blood supply may also include the brain and eyes. Eyes being connected to the brain already has a delicate blood circulation balance. Under stress, blood supply to the brain and eyes are both compromised, causing dry eyes.  Left untreated, this condition can become chronic.

Learn more from:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1446543/pdf/11211637.pdf
http://www.hse.gov.uk/stress/
http://www.stress.org/job.htm

 

Reprinted from Theralife