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Warning! Warning signs of Stress

Previous blogs have been written about stress and how it psychologically, physiologically and emotionally affects the emotions and body. Due to current demands, our total well being is under constant challenges.  The challenges, whether daily or not, must be addressed.  In order to take the first step of taking care of the long terms effects of stress, it is important to know the indicators.  These are indicators and signs that you may be under stress:

  • Dizziness or a general feeling of “being out of it.”
  • Lack of concentration or focus. Memory problems or forgetfulness.
  • Jitters. Anxiety.
  • General aches and pains.
  • Chest pains, rapid heartbeat.
  • Indigestion or acid reflux symptoms.
  • Increase in or loss of appetite.
  • Cold and sweaty palms.
  • Tiredness, exhaustion.
  • Trembling/shaking.
  • Clenched jaw.
  • Weight gain or loss. Overeating “comfort foods”.
  • Sexual difficulties.
  • Headaches, muscle tension, neck or back pain
  • Upset stomach, diarrhea or constipation.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep.
  • Fatigue.
  • Increased frequency of colds.

Stress, in small doses, can give you extra motivation to move on a project or situation. However when stress causes survival worries such as money, relationship or health problem, the body sets off warning signals. Much like the check light engine light, it is best to get it checked out before something ‘breaks down’ and the cost is higher since you neglected the warning signs. Potential problems associated with long term stress include high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, diabetes and suicide. The warning lights may begin with a stiff neck, weight gain or loss, or a short ‘fuse’ or snap at loved ones or friends.

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