Even minor stress can impact long-term health, study warns


Washington, Apr 10 (TNS): A recent study, supported by the National Institute on Aging and the National Institutes of Health, suggests that even small daily stress factors can lead to health problems later in life.

Allowing small stress factors to cause lingering negative emotions may be harmful for your long-term health. That exposure to stress is a risk factor for many health problems, such as cardiovascular issues, anxiety and depression, and chronic pain, is a familiar idea.

Yet we may think that it’s only certain kinds of major stressors such as getting fired, going through a breakup, or undergoing surgery that significantly impact our lives. But, recent research explains that even small stressors can harm our long-term health if we hold on to how they make us feel. For example, a misunderstanding with a friend today might lead to health issues later in life if we let this stress factor carry over into the next day.

This is just what a study conducted by Kate Leger  from the University of California, Irvine  and colleagues concludes. Our research,” Leger explains, “shows that negative emotions that linger after even minor, daily stressors have important implications for our long-term physical health. These findings have now been published in the journal Psychological Science, of the Association for Psychological Science.