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Too Much Stress

Too Much Stress

Stress Overload

Are You Suffering From Physical Or Psychological Stress Overload?

How Much Stress is Normal – Signs of ‘Distress’

Since all of us live with some degree of stress nearly every waking moment, it is not always easy to distinguish normal levels of stress from levels that may be unhealthy.

There are, however, many well-documented physical and psychological warning signs that can help you determine if the amount of stress in your life has reached a potentially dangerous point.

We have grouped these signs below by type, and suggest that you seek professional treatment if you discover that several items in both categories frequently apply to you.

Physical Signs Of Too Much Stress

  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Digestive problems
  • Headaches
  • Backaches
  • Chest pain

Psychological Signs Of Too Much Stress

  • Uncontrollable mood swings
  • Nervousness and irritability
  • Tendency to overreact
  • Inability to think clearly or concentrate
  • Indecisiveness
  • Faltering relationships
  • Dwelling on problems
  • Feelings of entrapment or paranoia
  • Declining self-esteem

Stressed Young Woman

What Is Stress

Quick Tips For To Much Stress

tips Yawn and stretch. It’s the body’s natural mechanism for relieving pent- up tension.

tips On a related note, take a few deep breaths to clear your mind and loosen tensed-up muscles

tips Like the actors in certain old movies, splash some water on your face to relax tight facial muscles and refocus your thoughts.

tips Wiggle your toes and fingers. This will stimulate circulation at your extremities, plus provide a physical outlet for the energy your system wants to expend.

tips Take advantage of your body’s readiness for action by exercising, washing the car, or getting some other necessary chore accomplished.

Stress Free

When anxiety hits, sifting and stewing is the last thing you ought to do.

So why not redirect yourself to a productive task that will not only alleviate stress now but also cross an item or two off this week’s to do” list?

Also, if you choose to exercise, make your workout aerobic.

Aerobic exercise causes hormones called endorphins to be released from the brain into your bloodstream.

These hormones are known to have a mildly narcotic, calming effect that distance runners often refer to as “runner’s high.”

tips Take a nice, hot bath with liberal quantities of your favorite aromatic bath salts.

The warmth of the water will enhance blood flow, open your nasal passages, and relax your muscles, all of which are conducive to the immediate relief of stress.

As for the scented bath salts, we must admit that the scientific community is divided about whether aroma- therapy works exactly as advertised.

But on the other hand, anything that makes you feel as though you are immersed in fragrant lavender or freshly cut cedar boughs can’t be all bad, now, can it?

tips Run to the store and get yourself some bubbles to blow.

Here again, we can not offer any heavy-duty medical reason as to why blowing bubbles helps take the edge off of stress; we just know that it does.

A little dose of silliness in any form, perhaps, is good medicine for stress relief.

Your best course of action will always be talking to your family doctor if you show any signs of suffering from too much stress.

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Published June 12, 2009

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