Know your Signs and Symptoms of Stress

November 12, 2012

Know your Signs and Symptoms of Stress

Stress is all too common in the United States. It is reported as the number one complaint of both mental and physical well being. Stress is not just a mental thing as it can cause physical repercussions if left unchecked. Pressure builds up with day to day conflicts that can set off your primitive brain. The primitive brain’s way of dealing with this is fight or flight which is good for survival. However, flight or flight was meant to be used on the short-term of things and not a way of life. The fight or flight mechanism releases a whole host of hormones and neurotransmitters that are important for increased awareness, muscle strength and endurance. Constant release of these hormones and neurotransmitters keep you hopped up or ‘stressed’ for too long wreaking havoc on your entire body and brain. This will alter normal behaviors into irrational ones as well as weaken your immune system leaving you open to infection and disease. Knowing the symptoms of stress will help you to get help if you need it or just calm down and relax when you need to. We’ll take a look at some stress behaviors below.

There are some common behaviors associated with stress that you should be aware of. Not all the behaviors listed mean that you are stressed but if you have experienced several behaviors together that are listed, then you are probably stressed out. It’s a good idea to recognize certain behaviors early so you can deal with them before they become physical and make you very ill. Take a look and see what you think.

  • Changes in eating habits (over or under eating extreme), anorexia or bulimia

  • Excess imbibing of alcohol or taking drugs (OTC or prescription)

  • Excess smoking

  • Excess coffee drinking

  • Easily irritated with people, anger management problems

  • Difficulty in making decisions

  • Can’t concentrate or focus

  • Loss of interest and lack of humor

  • Paranoia

  • Feelings of hopelessness

  • Crying

  • Excessively fatigued

  • Decreased libido

  • Procrastination

  • Not finishing tasks needed to be done

Stress is nothing to fool around with. Stress has been linked to heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, liver damage and suicide. Approximately 50 percent of adults suffer from stress side effects that will bring about physical complications. Most doctor’s visits are oriented around stress-related problems. Don’t underestimate the seriousness of stress and make sure to get assistance when you need it before physical symptoms take over. Talk to someone about it and start an exercise program. Exercise is a great stress reliever and will help you to get rid of the damaging hormones and excess transmitters running around. Pull yourself around and get control before the world gets control of you. You need to be proactive because no on will do it for you. See if you can’t find a friend to talk to as well as exercise with to ease the tension.

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