The impact of stress in your life

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image (16)Stress often is accompanied by an array of physical reactions. These symptoms can be characteristic of other physical, emotional or mental disorders. Recently, much has been reported about stress and its relationship to other health problems, such as heart disease, blood pressure and mental health issues.

 

Stress also has been linked to suppression of the immune system, increasing your chances of becoming ill or altering the course of an illness if you already have one. In particular, it has been implicated as playing a role in malignant desease and gastrointestinal, skin, neurologic and emotional disorders, and even the common cold.

Elevated blood pressure is another response to stress. Too much stress with little or no coping skills keeps the body “revved up.” Learning to relax can help lower your blood pressure. Elevated blood pressure always should be evauluated by a medical professional, who can help you sort out whether your elevated blood pressure is due to a medical or genetic condition or a reaction to uncontrolled stressors.

Signs of stress can include the following:

  • sleep disturbance (insomnia, sleeping fitfully)
  • clenched jaw
  • grinding teeth
  • digestive upsets
  • digestive dysfunction
  • digestive blockage
  • toxic buildup
  • weight gain
  • hair loss
  • lump in your throat
  • difficulty swallowing
  • agitated behavior, like twiddling your fingers
  • playing with your hair
  • increased heart rate
  • general restlessness
  • sense of muscle tension in your body, or actual muscle twitching
  • noncardiac chest pains
  • dizziness, lightheartedness
  • hyperventilating
  • sweaty palms
  • nervousness
  • stumbling over words
  • high blood pressure
  • lack of energy
  • fatigue

Cognitive signs of stress include:

  • mental slowness
  • confusion
  • general negative attitudes or thoughts
  • constant worry
  • your mind races at times
  • difficulty concentrating
  • forgetfulness
  • difficulty thinking in a logical sequence
  • the sense that life is overwhelming; you can’t problem-solve

Emotional signs of stress include:

  • irritation
  • no sense of humor
  • frustration
  • jumpiness, overexcitability
  • feeling overworked
  • feeling overwhelmed
  • sense of helplessness
  • apathy

Behavioral signs of stress include:

  • decreased contact with family and friends
  • poor work relations
  • sense of loneliness
  • decreased sex drive
  • avoiding others and others avoid you because you’re cranky
  • failing to set aside times for relaxation through activities such as hobbies, music, art or reading

 

If you do not end up identifying a method to handle your stress then it eventually can lead to a heightened sense of dysfunction. You can avoid these negative outcomes by educating yourself and developing stress coping strategies in a professional setting. These two methods have been proven to really assist in reducing all the symptoms discussed above.

 

Come to Gregs and Berans Workshop on Stress on Saturday 17th March to learn how to defeat your stress symptoms on a permanent basis!

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