Symptoms Of Stress

January 22, 2011 by admin  
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Symptoms Of Stress

Stress and anxiety have been with us since the dawn of time. With the increase in pressures of modern day living, more and more of us are suffering from the negative effects of stress in our day to day life.

When discussing stress it is important to remember that some level of stress is necessary for us to function in our everyday lives. It helps to motivate us, and we all need motivation to survive and prosper in life. It is important, however, to develop and maintain a happy balance between too much and too little stress. Interestingly enough, people who are underperforming and bored with their routine are just as vulnerable to the effects of negative stress as are people in high stress situations.

Generally speaking, symptoms of stress can be broken down into three categories – Psychological symptoms, Physical symptoms and Emotional Symptoms. These symptoms are an indication of the exsistance of moderate to severe stress. The presence of stress would be indicated by a combination of a few symptoms, rather than just one of the symptoms.

Psychological Symptoms of stress include:
Confused thinking, poor decisions, poor attention, disorientation, slowed thinking, memory lapses, forgetfulness, undue daydreaming.

Physical symptoms of stress include:
Tension headaches, dizziness, palpitations, choking sensations, churning in the stomach, vomiting, hand tremor, sweating, rapid heart rate, shortness of breath, nervous diarrhoea, frequency of passing urine and pins and needles in hands.

Emotional Symptoms include:
Undue anxiety, mood swings, low self-esteem, sudden anger, feeling alone, feeling guilty, wanting to hide, easily startled, easily upset, undue concerns.

Stress is one of the most common causes of general illness and disorders in the world today. It has become that much a part of our everyday life that many of us have learnt to ignore many of the above symptoms and continue on with our lives. Stress does, however, seem to sneak up on us without warning, often leaving in its wake long term effects on both our physical and emotional wellbeing.

Because we all have different personalities and different life experiences, life events will affect each of us differently, even at different stages in our lives. It is important to be aware of, and monitor for yourself, how you are feeling at any given time in your life. It is sometimes very difficult to distinguish between feelings of stress which may be moderate to severe, and depression. It is often worthwhile visiting your local medical practitioner to discuss appropriate treatment methods with them.

One thing that we can be absolutely sure of, stress has the potential to dramatically affect our emotional wellbeing. Stress is one condition that does not discriminate against age, race, gender or financial background. We are all equally susceptible at any stage in our lives.

What is Stress?

January 19, 2011 by admin  
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What is Stress?

Stress can be classified as a pattern of emotional, behavioural, physiological, and cognitive reactions to real or imagined threats in our lives which are thought to be blocking a goal or threatening our wellbeing. Stress is not a direct product of the modern era, although the amount of stimuli that we have to contend with today certainly impacts on our overall stressors. Stress can be looked on as a behavioural mechanism that our ancestors learnt when confronted with wild animals or enemies in times gone by. In our current lives, stress still helps us confront or escape from threatening situations.

The stressors, or events, that we have to deal with in our modern world include ones that may be classed as catastrophic- floods and bushfires – or they may be classed as trivial like not being able to find a car park when you are late. Stressors are not always bad. Some such as athletic events and exams can have a positive effect on our behaviour. Generally when a stress is experienced for a long period of time, it can then have a negative effect on both the person’s psychological health and physical health.

Stress is probably the most common cause of general illness and disorders in the world today. Stress has become such a part of our lives that many of us ignore the symptoms and continue on regardless.

Stress will affect everyone at some stage of their life. For many of us, it will become an integral part of our lives. Chronic or long term stress can be so serious that it causes ongoing illnesses, affecting our work performance and reducing life expectancy. The general affects of prolonged everyday stress have been linked to many types of psychological problems and mental health disorders including depression, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders and eating disorders. Chronic Stress has also been linked to poor academic performance, insomnia, nightmares, sexual difficulties, alcohol abuse, and general unhappiness. Of course stress is only one of the many factors contributing to these psychological problems and disorders. It certainly is worth thinking about the link between stress and long term illness.

Stress, both chronic and acute, is a serious and common problem which seems to catch up with all of us at some time. It is the direct result of either external or internal conflict or pressure. Irrespective of what causes stress in our lives, stress is an increasing part of our lives. Once you have recognised that you are suffering from stress overload, there are skills that you can learn to address the problem

Physical Stress Symptoms and Their Effects

October 23, 2010 by admin  
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The Mental, Emotional and Physical Stress Symptoms and Their Effects

Stress has always been known to affect the human body in more ways than one and these are divided into mental, emotional and physical stress symptoms. Mental and behavioral stress symptoms often cover the psychological effects of stress on the person who suffers from stress. Emotional stress symptoms are those that affect the human emotion or relationship related issues. Physical stress symptoms are those that affect the body and the different organs of the body.

Each of these areas that are affected by the ravages of unmanaged stress has different adverse effects on each different area and may result in a number of possible scenarios for the person who is suffering from stress. The most dangerous of these is probably the physical stress symptoms that a stressed out person encounters. The physical stress symptoms a person gains from a stressful existence may include any or all of the following: backaches, headaches, increased heart beat rate, chest pains, muscle tension, lack of sleep or excessive sleep, dizziness, nausea, muscle stiffness, muscle tension and frequent colds. These may seem rather minor to some, but if left unchecked, these physical stress symptoms may result in a person’s demise.

Mental and behavioral stress symptoms are also pretty dangerous to a person’s psyche and physique if left unattended. Some of the mental stress symptoms that may then result in physical stress symptoms include poor judgment, anxiety, indecisiveness, memory problems and loss of objectivity. This may then lead to the person eating less or more than is necessary which can then result in ulcers or obesity or high blood pressure. Other behavioral effects that mental stress symptoms can bring about include the abuse of certain substances like drugs, alcohol and the like. This can be due to lack of objectivity or poor judgment.

Emotional stress symptoms can also translate into physical stress symptoms after they have taken their toll. Restlessness, irritability, moodiness, agitation, the feeling of loneliness and finally, depression can actually result in emotionally motivated physical health problems. Ulcers can result when a person is nervous or agitated due to increased acid activity that is often the result of such an emotional reaction. Restlessness or lack of relaxation can also result in headaches due to the lack of rest and the constant activity of the brain during these bouts of restlessness. Depression can also lead to something more physical, like attempts at taking one’s own life.

All these symptoms can add up to a rather dangerous mix if a person does not know how to manage his or her stress properly.

Spotting The Most Common Stress Symptoms

April 20, 2010 by admin  
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There are many reasons why people are under stress these days. There is stress that occurs at the workplace as well as stress that can be put on you at home. If you are feeling a bit strange these days, you might want to take a look at these common stress symptoms to see if you are showing any signs.

Your immune system can take a real beating when you are under too much stress. If you have noticed that you are getting the common cold or flu symptoms more often than usual, it might be time for a break. The longer you go in this type of state, the worse your illnesses might get.

Everyone experiences a headache here and there. Tension headaches are the kind that you need to be concerned about. Stress can easily increase the severity of your headaches and if you are not careful, you could end up with a migraine more often than you would like.

Insomnia is another of the common stress symptoms to be on the lookout for. Those who are not sleeping well are usually up because they are worried or stressed out about something. Stress has been proven to mess up your sleep schedule and in turn does not let the body get back to full energy. This will only leave you feeling exhausted throughout the entire day.

Frustration is among the most common stress symptoms. When you are feeling frustrated, it usually means that you are too stressed to even think clearly. Try to take a deep breath and relax a little bit before starting a new day. Frustration is something that does pass if you do not let it get a hold of you.

There are great ways that you can deal with your stress. Try to acknowledge the first stress symptoms and get them under control. This will enable you to enjoy life a lot more without worrying about all of the small stuff!