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Feeling Stressed?

Are you feeling stressed? In today’s fast paced and technology driven world is a problem that we all face at one point or another in our lives. There are a great deal of things that can cause stress. For instance, your job, relationships, money issues, school, and many other things may be contributing stress factors or the reason for your stress. Stress that goes untreated can actually cause long term health problems. High blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes are all at a higher risk of being developed in the future.

Learning to identify what stress factors affect your body and mind can help you manage your stress. Stress can present itself in three different ways, as changes in your mood, behavior, and physical symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms include:

The Physical Symptoms of Stress:

  • Headaches
  • Muscle tension
  • Muscle pain
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Upset stomach
  • Problems sleeping

The Changes in Mood:

  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Lack of motivation
  • Lack of focus
  • Irritability
  • Anger
  • Sadness or depression

Changes in Behavior:

  • Overeating or underrating
  • Angry outburst
  • Drug or alcohol misuse
  • Social withdrawal
  • Exercising less often

Learning to identify what your symptoms of stress are can make them easier to manage. It is important that you use active relaxation techniques when coping with your stress. Things like regular exercise, spending time with family and friends, taking the time to practice hobbies that cause you joy, humor, yoga, tai chi, meditation, and messages. Sitting in front of a TV or playing a video game may be relaxing in the moment but long term they are not ideal de-stressing tools to practice as they may actually increase stress. Getting plenty of sleep and a healthy balanced diet can help manage stress symptoms. It is also a good idea to avoid excess caffeine intake as it increases your heart rate, anxiety, and increase feelings of panic.

Seeking professional help can be beneficial to learning new and healthy ways to cope with your stress. It may sound a bit silly but ignoring the signs of stress in your body is harmful. Relying on alcohol, drugs, or harmful behaviors to cope with stress is harmful and self destructive. A healthy body needs time to recover and engaging in harmful compulsive behaviors can actually keep the body stressed and in a distress state causing more problems than solutions. There is no exact formula to what can cause stress or what stress symptoms you will experience. Listening to what your body is telling you is how you can work on managing your stress and balancing both physical and mental health.

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