Good stress is called eustress; it can lead to feelings of excitement and can help us complete tasks. Bad stress is called distress. It's prolonged and manifests as anxiety, anger, depression, or fear.
High levels of any negative emotion can cause stress hormones to inhibit the movement of waste through the digestive tract. Furthermore, when you're stressed, you tend to take worse care of your body. You may put off going to the bathroom because of how busy you are. Delaying a bowel movement is one huge thing that can lead to constipation. If you're on the run, you may make bad diet choices such as fast food. This type of low-fiber diet can lead to a backed-up colon as well as stress.
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