What's your stress level?

Stress can strike when we least expect it! We are going along with our lives and then out of nowhere our heel breaks, a traffic accident makes us late to work or a family member gets sick. Boom! You are now stressed out! Let's learn more about the signs and symptoms of stress and what to do about it.





Symptoms of Stress:

According to webmd.com


Emotional symptoms of stress include:


Becoming easily agitated, frustrated, and moody

Feeling overwhelmed, like you are losing control or need to take control

Having difficulty relaxing and quieting your mind

Feeling bad about yourself (low self-esteem), lonely, worthless, and depressed

Avoiding others


Physical symptoms of stress include:


Low energy

Headaches

Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation, and Nassau

Aches, pains, and tense muscles

Chest pain and rapid heartbeat

Insomnia

Frequent colds and infections

Loss of sexual desire and/or ability

Nervousness and shaking

Ringing in the ear

Cold or sweaty hands and feet

Dry mouth and difficulty swallowing

Clenched jaw and grinding teeth


Cognitive symptoms of stress include:


Constant worrying

Racing thoughts

Forgetfulness and disorganization

Inability to focus

Poor judgment

Being pessimistic or seeing only the negative side



A little bit of stress is good. It acts as a driving force or keeps us from harm. However, long term stress can have some severe health consequences.


If you are experiences some of these Stress Symptoms it is time to evaluate your lifestyle and make some changes. Make taking care of yourself a priority!


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