Introduction To Stress
Stress is the natural way our bodies handle situations that require an action. In the way that lifting something heavy puts stress on our muscles. The same thing happens to our minds. If there is something that’s playing on your mind it carries a kind of emotional weight. Looking at the signs of stress can help to distinguish whether or not your stress is normal. Then by looking at the effects of stress on the body, you can determine if you may need extra help.
Signs of Stress
The signs of stress can be evident in all aspects of your life. It can affect your behaviour and emotions. It can even have an impact on your physical health. However, because everybody reacts to stress differently, the signs of stress are not always the same. Here is a list of some of the common signs of stress to look out for.
Emotional and Behavioural Signs of Stress.
- Easily Frustrated
- Struggling to Relax
- Feeling Depressed
- Becoming Overwhelmed
- Distancing yourself
- Low Self Esteem
- Snapping at those close to you
Physical Signs of Stress
- Chest Pains
- Trouble Sleeping
- Lack of Sex Drive
- Aching Muscles
- Grinding Teeth
- Low Energy
If you are experiencing any of these signs of stress, and feel it may be down to stress. Then you should go and speak to your doctor. The effects of stress on the body can be quite harmful. Especially if you are not getting a rest from it.
The Effects Of Stress On The Body
Once you have been experiencing continuous stress without rest your body becomes run down. This then causes the tension from stress to build. Once the tension from stress builds it can start to affect your health. It can cause problems such as elevated blood pressure, and headaches.
Often when you are stressed it is difficult to make rational choices. You may turn to worse things that you think will help your stress. Such as Smoking, Drinking and/or Drugs. These things will not help. They may take the edge off briefly but ultimately will make stress worse. Not only that but they can open you up to many different health problems later in life.
The best thing you can do is talk to your doctor. Trying to treat stress on your own can be difficult. However, there are some great self-help resources. We have written about one called The New Bible Cure For Stress. If you’re interested you can read about that here.
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Author: James Burch
James is a health and fitness enthusiast who loves to try and help people. He writes from both knowledge and experience to give people guidance in all areas of health and fitness.