When you’re under stress, your body releases stress hormones, such as adrenaline, and prompts bodily changes such as a rapid heartbeat, sweating, quick breathing, and muscle tension. While possibly useful in the moment to escape danger, over time stress can harm your body
, disrupt your sleep, suppress your immune system, and affect your appetite. Tense muscles can contribute to headaches, migraines, and other bodily aches. Increased blood pressure and heart rate can put you at risk for heart attack, hypertension, and stroke.