Would You Recognize Stress? It Can Be Stealthy!

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             It’s been just over a week since out-of-state visitors left, and things are mostly back to normal. Don’t get me wrong, it was a nice visit and we had a lot of laughs. But even the good kind of stress (eustress) is taxing on the body when it’s sustained. The problem is, you can only keep manufacturing enough dopamine and oxytocin for so long before your body runs out of production materials!

            Today, I’m talking about the unpleasant kind of stress. Most people know the classic symptoms: headaches and migraines, heartburn, ulcers, and even generic tummy troubles. Some people might think of clenching or grinding teeth, and of course anxiety or maybe frustration. But you might not think of these as signs of stress:

  • Chest pain, high blood pressure, circulatory problems, stroke
  • Neck pain, TMJ pain, chronic fatigue, insomnia
  • Skin problems, rashes
  • Lung problems, increased allergy and asthma problems
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Eating more or less than usual, more frequent bathroom breaks
  • Decreased immune response, more frequent colds and other viruses
  • Loss of focus, poor judgment, forgetfulness
  • Feeling argumentative, hostility, depression, extremes of all emotions
  • Preference for isolation, lack of interest, low self-esteem
  • Increased smoking or caffeine intake
  • Restlessness, shaking, trembling, stammering or stuttering
  • Neglecting responsibilities, increased sense of guilt
  • Feeling frozen or stuck
  • Developing irrational fears or compulsive behaviors
It’s natural to think that if you aren’t specifically worried or anxious, you aren’t stressed. (Being in denial is one more sign of chronic stress that didn’t make the list.) But stress can come from everywhere, not just sources of worry. There’s environmental stress, like pollution or overcrowding, for example. Going too long with inadequate sleep or nutrition, like some currently popular 90-day diet & exercise regimens advise, can also stress the body.

            While you may not be able to avoid stress, knowing what to watch for can help. By recognizing the effects of stress, you can start taking steps to manage them – start now by downloading 54 science-based stress management methods: More Than A Month of Stress Relief

– Adina

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