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Warning Signs of Stress

Timeless Fitness Tip

Stress: A Hazard to Your Health

We all feel stressed out at times; sometimes it is the result of a given situation that eventually is brought under control, other times it is an on-going problem in which stress can literally become a health hazard.

Warning Sign

When over-stressed for too long a period of time, your body will respond in a negative manner. Several things can occur, some have more symptoms than others, some get different symptoms all together. One of the more common is tension headaches (not to be confused with migraine headaches). Tension headaches will start in the neck and shoulder region causing pain to radiate into your head and often the feeling is described as having a vice grip on your head, squeezing tightly. In some, the pain will remain isolated to the neck and upper shoulder area.

Another common ailment from too much stress is stomach problems. Cramping, indigestion, diarrhea or pain that feels as though it is in the lower chest. Pain in the lower chest should never be taken lightly. This can also be a symptom of a heart problem. If you experience this, see your doctor.

More symptoms of stress include heart palpitations, tooth-grinding, trembling, sweating of the hands and underarms, lack of ability to concentrate and feelings of weakness and fatigue.

Stress is harmful. Stress lowers our immune system and causes more discomfort than many physical ailments. There are warning signs to determine if you are over stressed. They are: Stressed Out Or Nervous

  • Increased irritability
  • Hypersensitivity to perceived slights or injustices
  • Withdrawal or cutting self off from family and friends
  • Tearfulness or frequent crying
  • Problems sleeping
  • Physical symptoms as described above
  • Lower productivity at work
  • More work absences
  • Drinking, eating or smoking more

What to do?

Take a break during the day. The human body was not built to give attention to one specific thing for long periods of time. Don't skip your break time at work. At home, take a break every couple hours from household chores. Rehydrate with some tea or other favorite beverage... take a few moments to breath in the fresh warm air, or in cold weather, sit by a toasty warm fire place or wrapped in that soft and warm snuggle blanket.

If you begin feeling hungry or tired when stressed, make notes of the times and what you were doing to help you determine triggers that may cause you to do something you will later regret. Talk to someone close to you about things that are bothering you.

Could it be Anger?

If you feel anger is at the crux of your stress, talk to a professional. Anger is a cover emotion for feelings of fear, depression, embarrassment, etc. and can become chronic. Stress can be serious. Don't take it lightly if it's beginning to negatively affect your life. If you have symptoms of stress and it isn't caused by a temporary situation, pay attention to it and seek some help. Stress reduction techniques, anger management, counseling or even a good talk with your clergyman can do wonders and lift your spirits to the betterment of your health and well-being.

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