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Stress Signs, Symptoms and Relief

Saturday, 03 December 2016 04:47  by Jennifer K.

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Everyone has stress in their life. Question is do you recognize the signs and symptoms of stress ? †The following is a list of 50 common signs and symptoms.

  • Frequent headaches, jaw clenching or pain
  • Gritting, grinding teethn
  • Stuttering or stammeringn
  • Tremors, trembling of lips, handsn
  • Neck ache, back pain, muscle spasmsn
  • Light headedness, faintness, dizzinessn
  • Ringing, buzzing or “popping soundsn
  • Frequent blushing, sweatingn
  • Cold or sweaty hands, feetn
  • Dry mouth, problems swallowingn
  • Frequent colds, infections, herpes soresn
  • Rashes, itching, hives, “goose bumps”n
  • Unexplained or frequent “allergy” attacksn
  • Heartburn, stomach pain, nausean
  • Excess belching, flatulencen
  • Constipation, diarrhea, loss of controln
  • Difficulty breathing, frequent sighingn
  • Sudden attacks of life threatening panicn
  • Chest pain, palpitations, rapid pulsen
  • Frequent urinationn
  • Diminished sexual desire or performancen
  • Excess anxiety, worry, guilt, nervousnessn
  • Increased anger, frustration, hostilityn
  • Depression, frequent or wild mood swingsn
  • Increased or decreased appetiten
  • Insomnia, nightmares, disturbing dreamsn
  • Difficulty concentrating, racing thoughtsn
  • Trouble learning new informationn
  • Forgetfulness, disorganization, confusionn
  • Difficulty in making decisionsn
  • Feeling overloaded or overwhelmedn
  • Frequent crying spells or suicidal thoughtsn
  • Feelings of loneliness or worthlessnessn
  • Little interest in appearance, punctualityn
  • Nervous habits, fidgeting, feet tappingn
  • Increased frustration, irritability, edginessn
  • Overreaction to petty annoyancesn
  • Increased number of minor accidentsn
  • Obsessive or compulsive behaviorn
  • Reduced work efficiency or productivityn
  • Lies or excuses to cover up poor workn
  • Rapid or mumbled speechn
  • Excessive defensiveness or suspiciousnessn
  • Problems in communication, sharingn
  • Social withdrawal and isolationn
  • Constant tiredness, weakness, fatiguen
  • Frequent use of over-the-counter drugsn
  • Weight gain or loss without dietn
  • Increased smoking, alcohol or drug usen
  • Excessive gambling or impulse buyingn

If you can check off a few of these items you may have low stress, if you check off 15 you may have mild stress, and if you have 20 or more you probably have high stress or may be in crisis. If you have high stress in your life, you may want to take a look at what is happening in your life that you can make changes to.

If you find that you are having trouble making these changes or are falling back into bad habits there are a few things you can do.

  • Have family or friends help you create new habits or let you know when you are falling back into old ones.
  • Create reminders for yourself until you no longer need the reminders.
  • Step back from your life for a moment and ask, “Is this something I need in my life?”
  • Get a massage to relax your body and mind.
  • Begin a journal to write down your thoughts
  • Meditation
  • Try out yoga
  • Invite friends over for a game or movie night.
  • Sex within the confines of a healthy relationship.
  • Music Therapy
  • Exercise to create endorphins. Endorphins are the chemical that the body creates to make you feel happy.
  • Create “To Do” lists for chores, daily schedule, grocery shopping, etc.
  • Complete “To Do” lists. Why save for tomorrow what you can accomplish today, but know your limits.
  • Create yourself a healthy diet.
  • Reduce or eliminate caffeine and alcohol.
  • Watch fish in an aquarium. It may make you a little drowsy but you will feel better.
  • Reduce your number of commitments.
  • One word: “CHOCOLATE” In small doses eaten with your eyes closed and focus on only the flavor and texture.
  • Take a mini-vacation or a stay-cation to relax for a few extra days past the weekend.
  • Baking or cooking with music on.
  • Read a book
  • Stay in your pajamas all day and have a lazy day every once in a while.
  • Get a hug from friends or a loved one.
  • Start a new hobby or continue a current one.
  • Play with pets. If you don’t have one I would recommend starting with a fish.
  • Realize that there are some things that just cannot be changed and you must accept them as they are.


Last modified on Wednesday, 18 January 2017 22:01

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