Stress is the body’s reaction to harmful situations — whether they’re real or perceived. When you feel threatened, a chemical reaction occurs in your body that allows you to act in a way to prevent injury. This reaction is known as “fight-or-flight,” or the stress response. During stress response, your heart rate increases, breathing quickens, muscles tighten, and blood pressure rises. You’ve gotten ready to act. It is how you protect yourself.
Stress affects us all. You may notice symptoms of stress when disciplining your kids, during busy times at work, when managing your finances, or when coping with a challenging relationship. Stress is everywhere. And while a little stress is OK — some stress is actually beneficial — too much stress can wear you down and make you sick, both mentally and physically.
The first step to controlling stress is to know the symptoms of stress. But recognizing stress symptoms may be harder than you think. Most of us are so used to being stressed, we often don’t know we are stressed until we are at the breaking point.
Stress means different things to different people. What causes stress in one person may be of little concern to another. Some people are better able to handle stress than others. And, not all stress is bad. In small doses, stress can help you accomplish tasks and prevent you from getting hurt. For example, stress is what gets you to slam on the breaks to avoid hitting the car in front of you. That’s a good thing.
Our bodies are designed to handle small doses of stress. But we are not equipped to handle long-term, chronic stress without ill consequences.
What Are Symptoms of Stress?
Stress can affect all aspects of your life, including your emotions, behaviours, thinking ability, and physical health. No part of the body is Immune. But, because people handle stress differently, symptoms of stress can vary. Symptoms can be vague and may be the same as those caused by medical conditions. So, it is important to discuss them with your doctor. You may experience any of the following symptoms of stress.
- Low energy
- Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation, and nausea
- Aches, pains, and tense muscles
- Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
- Frequent colds and infections
- Loss of sexual desire and/or ability
- Nervousness and shaking, ringing in the ear, cold or sweaty hands and feet
- Dry mouth and difficulty swallowing
- Clenched jaw and grinding teeth
- Emotional Symptoms:
- Becoming easily agitated, frustrated, and moody
- Feeling overwhelmed, like you are losing control or need to take control
- Having difficulty relaxing and quieting your mind
- Feeling bad about yourself (low self-esteem), lonely, worthless, and depressed
- Avoiding others
- Cognitive Symptoms:
- Constant worrying
- Racing thoughts
- Forgetfulness and disorganization
- Inability to focus
- Poor judgment
- Being pessimistic or seeing only the negative side
- Behavioural symptoms of stress include:
- Changes in appetite — either not eating or eating too much
- Procrastinating and avoiding responsibilities
- Increased use of alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes
- Exhibiting more nervous behaviours, such as nail biting, fidgeting, and pacing
What Are Consequences of Long-Term Stress?
A little stress every now and then is not something to be concerned about. Ongoing, chronic stress, however, can cause or exacerbate many serious health problems, including:
- Mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, and personality disorder,
- Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease, high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, heart attacks, and stroke
- Obesity and other eating disorders
- Menstrual problems
- Sexual dysfunction, such as impotence and premature ejaculation in men and loss of sexual desire in both men and women
- Skin and hair problems, such as acne, psoriasis, and eczema, and permanent hair loss
- Gastrointestinal problems, such as GERD, gastritis, ulcerative colitis, and irritable colon
Help is Available for Stress
Stress is a part of life. What matters most is how you handle it. The best thing you can do to prevent stress overload and the health consequences that come with it is to know your stress symptoms.
If you or a loved one is feeling overwhelmed by stress, talk to your doctor. Many symptoms of stress can also be signs of other health problems. Your doctor can evaluate your symptoms and rule out other conditions. If stress is to blame, your doctor can recommend a therapist or counsellor to help you better handle your stress.
Ways to Help Yourself to Lessen Your Stress:
- Get a dose of exercise Its a great stress reliver. Dance, bike, clean house, walk, jog anything to be physically active. Exercise-Improves mood, sleep, positivity and makes you feel better
- Diet- Eating healthy foods will help to lessen stress, build immunity, level your mood and lower blood pressure
- Sleep-A common side effect of stress is lack of sleep, you may struggle to fall asleep or to stay asleep- to Improve sleep-exercise regularly, get plenty of sunshine, have a sleep schedule and try meditation to relax yourself, do some deep breathing and focus on your breathing
- Connect with People, spend time with a friend or family member, talk it out you will feel better for sharing what’s on your mind
- Talk Therapy/Laugh Therapy—very helpful
Long term stress or undiagnosed stress can cause health Issues and problems that you may or may not even be aware of. So, if you are feeling not quiet your self and you keep getting sick or are over tired, or just don’t have the energy you use to, please don’t ignore It. Get some help whether from your doctor or Naturopath, or from an Herbalist, or use some of the suggestions above or try Natural therapies with a Practitioner, such as myself. Any combination of these will get you back on the road to recovery and feeling much better!
I am a Wellness Practitioner and I work with people to help them with their health Issues, stress, losses, and much more through stress relief, pain relief and relaxation in person and at a distance through Natural Therapies such as Reflexology, Integrated Energy Therapy, Reiki and The Emotion Code. If you suffer from stress consider booking a treatment today! I can also customize a treatment plan catered to you and your own personal issues with stress.
HERE’S WHAT A COUPLE OF MY SATISFIED CLIENTS HAVE TO SAY:
I’ve been a client of Mary’s for a few years now. I’ve had both Integrated Energy Therapy (IET) & The Emotion Code. I love these treatments; it always puts me in a relaxed state. I recommend Mary’s services. After a treatment I usually feel relaxed and better. Some results that I have had from having treatments with Mary over the last few years, include but not limited to: Feeling lighter, better, less pain, emotionally better, felt relaxed, really tired, at peace, felt better the next day, had lots of energy and no pain and more positive. These are benefits from having treatments with Mary. It really does work, Try it for yourself.
During a treatment I may feel some warmth and or tingling, I sometimes fall asleep as well. If I am having the Emotion Code treatment after a while, I begin to feel better, lighter, relaxed, sometimes tired, and at peace. This is proof that the treatments work both in person and at a distance. I get a lot of benefits and results from having treatments at a distance, as well, I really enjoy them. I know that these treatments help me to heal and feel well. I do recommend Mary’s services.
As you have read having treatments with Wellness Solutions with Mary can help you to relieve stress, pain, and any kind of Issue. I would like very much to help you with what ails you and know that It is possible to lessen or even for your stress to be gone altogether.