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Are you living with too much stress?

April 4th, 2017 | Posted by Creativelysouthern in Health

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Banish Stress from Your Life: Your Guide to Living More Managing Stress Peacefully

Are you living with too much stress?   Do you have days that you feel so overwhelmed you don’t know what to do or are so out of control you just want to hide?

Are you spending more time screaming... crying.... pacing the floor... pulling your hair out... or lying awake at night worrying than actually enjoying life?

Are you spending more time screaming... crying.... pacing the floor... pulling your hair out... or lying awake at night worrying than actually enjoying life?

One person might deal with the same type of stress more effectively than another. Knowing your stress limits and how you cope is important so you can avoid the serious health effects

The percentages below show that people feel stress in a wide variety of ways:

Fatigue                 51 %

Headache             44 %

Upset stomach         34 %

Muscle tension         30 %

Change in appetite 23 %

Teeth grinding          17 %

Change in sex drive 15 %

Feeling dizzy            13 %

Irritability or anger    50 %

Feeling nervous       45 %

Lack of energy         45 %

Feeling as though you could cry     35 %

It seems in this day and age everyone is affected by some form of stress.  Once you learn what causes your stress and learn ways to reduce it and deal with it, you can begin to embrace living a more peaceful life.  In this report we’ll delve deeper into stress causes and ways to reduce it.

The Causes of Stress

Stress is a normal part of life.  And it does serve a purpose in the right form.  It can motivate you to go for that promotion or complete a marathon run.  On the other hand, if you don’t take care of your stress and it lingers on long term, it can interfere with your family life, your health and your job.

More than half of Americans say stress is the reason they fight with loved ones and friends.

What causes stress? Is it the same for everyone?  The answer is no.  Everyone has different stress triggers.   Work stress is one of the top stressors for many.

Sressor is the name for a situation that causes stress.  It can come from a rocky relationship, an exhausting work schedule or anything that puts big demand on you.

This might be something as wonderful as getting married, buying a new home or going off to college.  It could be changes in a family situation or the loss of a loved one.

Stress can come from internal factors such as worrying excessively about something or having a negative outlook on life.

The causes of stress depend on how you perceive it.  Some things may stress you but never faze someone else.  One example could be that your morning commute makes you tense because you are afraid you might be late, while someone else may enjoy the commute, viewing it as time to enjoy music

.Causes of work stress include:

        Not being happy in your job

        Having too much responsibility

  • Working long hours
  • Dealing with poor management, with unclear expectations of your work
  • Working under dangerous conditions
  • Being insecure about your job
  • Having the responsibility of having to give speeches in front of others
  • Facing harassment at work

Life stressors include:

  • The death of a loved one
  • Getting married
  • Moving into or buying new home
  • Dealing with a dysfunctional relationship with a spouse or child
  • Chronic illness or injury
  • Being the caretaker of an elderly or sick family member
  • Traumatic events, such as a natural disaster, theft, rape, or violence against you
  • Divorce or separation
  • Increase in your financial obligations

Internal factors that can lead to stress:

  • Emotional problems such as depression, anxiety, anger, grief, guilt or low self-esteem
  • Uncertainty
  • Unrealistic expectations of yourself
  • Fear of changes
  • Constantly worrying about something that may or may not happen

The causes of stress will be different for each person based on your personality and how you respond and deal with situations. Some people are able to let everything just slide off their back while others have to work at keeping stress away so they don’t worry themselves sick.

The Harmful Effects of Stress

Stress doesn’t just affect your daily thoughts. It can cause harmful physical and emotional problems as well.Our bodies cannot distinguish between a physical threat and a psychological one.

If you’re stressed over problems at work, an argument with a friend or a ton of bills, your body reacts in the same way as it does when facing a life-or-death situation.

Having a lot of responsibilities or problems you worry about all the time may mean your body’s stress response is always on, making it harder to deal with.

When you are in a stressful situation, your body will have some type of physical response. Your nervous system releases hormones to prepare you for the “fight or flight” response. You’ll notice your heart rate increase; your breathing speeds up, you begin to sweat and your muscles tense. This is just the immediate short-term reaction to the situation. This is known as acute stress.

If you are exposed to stress over a long period of time, it’s known as chronic stress. This can lead to very serious health problems. This type of stress can put a lot of wear and tear on the body, causing it to age prematurely and be more prone to illnesses.

Short-term stress signs include:

-        Headaches

-        Neck pain and other body aches

-        Fatigue

-        Difficulty sleeping

-        Difficulty concentrating

-        Upset stomach

-        Irritability

Long-term stress, when not addressed, can lead to serious health conditions like:

-        Depression

-        High blood pressure

-        Autoimmune diseases

-        Abnormal heartbeat (arrhythmia)

-        Hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis)

-        Heart disease or heart attack

-        Heartburn, ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome

-        Upset stomach - cramps, constipation, and diarrhea

-        Weight gain or loss

-        Changes in sex drive

-        Fertility problems

-        Asthma or arthritis flare-ups

-        Skin problems such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis

Taking care of yourself and managing your stress can make a huge difference in how stress affects your health.

Find ways to reduce stress, including by natural means. Talk to your doctor about ways you can manage your stress and what your options are.  It seems in this day and age everyone is affected by some form of stress

Once you learn what causes your stress and learn ways to reduce it and deal with it, you can begin to embrace living a more peaceful life.

This begins my series about dealing with stress,  Watch for the next post that offers advice on managing stress.

 

 

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