By Vernalee
In my adolescence, I often heard the old folks say, “Child, stress will take you out of here before anything else!” Of course, most of the things that they said had little or limited application, because as a teenager, you didn’t have abundant life’s worries that were high stress pockets. Your parents carried the weight. As the years mounted, the pressures added up, accompanied by the realistic twinges of adult life, you also felt and experienced the related stress. When “life” rests on your shoulders, the world looks different! Doesn’t it? As an adult, you can no longer escape the bill payments for mortgages, rent, car notes, utilities, food, clothing, shelter, and the like. You no longer enjoy the previous adolescent worry free luxuries. You now carry the burdens. You have to make it happen for you in real time. When something goes astray and the pressures filter in, so does the stress. With stress comes worry and anxieties. It is difficult to escape.
Further according to the data and research gathered from The American Institute of Stress, there are numerous “emotional and physical disorders that have been linked to stress including depression, anxiety, heart attacks, stroke, hypertension and immune system disturbances that increase susceptibility to infections & a host of viral linked disorders. In addition, stress can have direct effects on various conditions. In fact, their data stipulates that it’s hard to think of any disease in which stress cannot play an aggravating role or any part of the body that is not affected.”
There are 50 common signs and symptoms of stress.
Here is the list.
1. “Frequent headaches, jaw clenching or pain
2. Gritting, grinding teeth
3. Stuttering or stammering
4. Tremors, trembling of lips, hands
5. Neck ache, back pain, muscle spasms
6. Light headedness, faintness, dizziness
7. Ringing, buzzing or “popping sounds
8. Frequent blushing, sweating
9. Cold or sweaty hands, feet
10. Dry mouth, problems swallowing
11. Frequent colds, infections, herpes sores
12. Rashes, itching, hives, “goose bumps”
13. Unexplained or frequent “allergy” attacks
14. Heartburn, stomach pain, nausea
15. Excess belching, flatulence
16. Constipation, diarrhea, loss of control
17. Difficulty breathing, frequent sighing
18. Sudden attacks of life threatening panic
19. Chest pain, palpitations, rapid pulse
20. Frequent urination
21. Diminished sexual desire or performance
22. Excess anxiety, worry, guilt, nervousness
23. Increased anger, frustration, hostility
24. Depression, frequent or wild mood swings
25. Increased or decreased appetite
26. Insomnia, nightmares, disturbing dreams
27. Difficulty concentrating, racing thoughts
28. Trouble learning new information
29. Forgetfulness, disorganization, confusion
30. Difficulty in making decisions
31. Feeling overloaded or overwhelmed
32. Frequent crying spells or suicidal thoughts
33. Feelings of loneliness or worthlessness
34. Little interest in appearance, punctuality
35. Nervous habits, fidgeting, feet tapping
36. Increased frustration, irritability, edginess
37. Overreaction to petty annoyances
38. Increased number of minor accidents
39. Obsessive or compulsive behavior
40. Reduced work efficiency or productivity
41. Lies or excuses to cover up poor work
42. Rapid or mumbled speech
43. Excessive defensiveness or suspiciousness
44. Problems in communication, sharing
45. Social withdrawal and isolation
46. Constant tiredness, weakness, fatigue
47. Frequent use of over-the-counter drugs
48. Weight gain or loss without diet
49. Increased smoking, alcohol or drug use
50. Excessive gambling or impulse buying.”
After reviewing this list, you might can add a few additional items or two. Let’s not forget that stress can age you overnight. I can’t speak for you, but I have experienced some of the ailments on the list; most people probably have. What about you? Stress strangely seems to land in weak areas of the body. For certain, you can validate that stress is alive and active. Eliminating stress is a reality and an active tasks for most. Whatever works for you to de-stress, be it exercise, reading, sailing, sewing, writing, horse back riding, vacationing, dancing, cooking, or the like, do it! It’s good for you and great for your health!
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