Effects of stress on the body, caused by somatosensory information from the environment, is conveyed to the brain by the functions of the afferent nerves through the spinal cord.
These effects of stress on the body lead to changes including rapid heart rate, reduced blood flow to the organs required for digestion and other processes, increased blood flow to the limbs and the brain, etc.
Increasing stress interacts with genetic predisposition to certain illnesses.
Harmful for Body
Studies of immune functioning have found that chronic stress affects secretion of cytokines, suppressing immunity and increasing risk for allergic reactions and infections.
Ways to manage the effects of stress on the body include getting adequate social support, therapy, exercise, etc.
Commonly, spending quality time with friends can considerably reduce stress