What really happens to your body when you fight with your SO
There's nothing more frustrating than constantly finding yourself in an argument with your significant other (SO). Most of us avoid conflict and would never dream of getting into big fights with friends or coworkers. But somehow we're willing to launch an attack over dirty dishes in the sink or socks on the floor. Constantly fighting with your SO is going to leave you depleted, and the effects go far beyond emotional.
"A severe argument causes elevated blood pressure, increased heart rate, increases the risk for closed angle glaucoma in those who are at risk, worsens acne and eczema, causes diarrhea and irritable bowel syndrome, predisposes to stress ulcer, and increases risk for diabetes and stroke," holistic physician and author of Diet Slave No More! Dr. Svetlana Kogan told me. Being mad at your SO causes stress in your body, and that stress affects just about every system.
"During an argument there are a number of physical effects that impact how well, at any given moment, a person is able to manage an argument," licensed clinical professional counselor Julienne Derichs told me. "Your heart beats faster and blood pressure increases, breathing quickens and your chest can become tight. Stress during an argument activates the part of the brain that releases higher levels, of a hormone called cortisol which induces more stress."
Here are just a few of the ways that fighting over holidays and family is affecting your body.