Most people have daily stressors that affect them in different ways. Stress from work, money problems, family issues, etc. can affect people differently and everyone responds in their own individual ways. One thing that may get overlooked is how your stress affects pain levels or healing time of an injury that you have.
There are several studies out there showing psychological stress can cause delayed wound healing. One study showed that people who reported higher levels of stress after gall bladder removal had a longer hospital stay than those who reported lower levels of stress (1). This is important in our physical therapy world as we see people in pain every day.
Stress affects our immune system as we have many different physical and emotional factors in our life. Our body is in a state of “fight or flight” when we are stressed, which releases certain chemicals in our body that can progress the way we age negatively: elevating blood sugars, increasing fat storage, causing high blood pressure and delaying/prolonging normal healing time for injuries.