With the pressures we face every day, stress has become the norm. Even though we feel we can handle it all, our bodies can€'t. The symptoms of stress and stress related illness are staggering. If this doesn'€™t make you pause and vow to lower your demands, I don'€™t know what will. Stress affects every part of your body. It is very important to your health to mange stress.

Managing Stress

Things You Will Need

insight, ability to recognize ill health

Step 1

Heart: Stress increases the heart rate, can cause chest pains, palpitations, elevated blood pressure and hardening of the arteries. This can lead to early heart disease, heart attacks, heart failure and strokes.

Digestive system: Heartburn, stomach pain, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, weight gain or loss without dietary changes, acid reflux. These symptoms can lead to more serious health problems such as ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis.

Skin: Stress can make the symptoms of eczema, psoriasis and acne worse. Stress is a cause of premature wrinkles because the muscle tension affects the cell renewal process which results in a decrease in elasticity thus causing the skin to wrinkle.

Immune System: Stress lowers your immune response resulting in more frequent colds, illness, infections, cold sores.

Hair: Thinning, certain types of baldness and hair loss

Muscles: Constant tightening and muscle tension is a leading cause of neck, shoulder and back pain and tension headaches.

Stress Symptoms

Dental Health: Stress even affects the health our teeth. The increased acidity from the stomach wears away enamel and makes us more prone to cavities. The tension and grinding of teeth weakens the tooth surface and can lead to long term jaw pain.

Pulmonary System: Shorter, shallow breaths do not allow us to clear our lungs properly. This is particularly bad for asthma and suffers of other chronic lung disease.

Mental Health: Panic attacks, anxiety, worry, guilt, anger, frustration, guilt, depression, hostility, difficulty concentrating, racing thoughts, difficulty making decisions, difficulty learning, constant fatigue, weakness, restlessness, sadness, feelings of insecurity, forgetfulness, loss of focus, inability to cope. These can lead to imbalances in brain chemistry and cause clinical depression.

Keep a journal of your symptoms along with the level of stress you felt on that particular day. Write down what was happening on that day to try and pinpoint your stress triggers. Discuss these triggers with family members and friends to see what can be done to lower your daily stress. Always discuss physical, emotional and mental symptoms with your doctor to make sure you don't have any underlying conditions.

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