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Stress symptoms: The effects of Stress
The outcome of Stress remains inevitable as long as the source remains indispensable. In other words, it is impossible to tackle the problem by ignoring the existence of its root.
However, how does one feel motivated, determined, and courageous to face and terminate the root source if he’s not aware of the ‘great’ dangers and downsides of these causes.As a result, on this very note, I present to you – all the way from a world of search and discoveries – THE EFFECTS OF STRESS.
Ladies and Gentlemen, with a hand of applause and a standing ovation, give it up for – Kingsley Peace, your one and only Stress Management Guide.
Stress and its effects: What is Stress?
Stress is a load of anxiety, tiredness, burden, and more obtained from the strain of bodily tissues, cells, and nervous system. It is the immediate reaction of the body towards mental strain, emotional strain, suspense, or tension – that is – psychologically speaking. Moreover, in physics, it can be referred to as the force that puts strain on the physical body.
As a result, the body reacts to these changes that require adjustment by mental, emotional and physical responses.
Stress is a normal occurrence in one’s life. Many events and activities that involve the use of your body tend to generate stress. In the sense that, you can experience stress from any works of life – from your environment, your body, your thoughts, etc. Stress and the body is almost inextricably bonded.
Why is it important to learn how to manage stress?
This is simple. In the sense that, not doing this would only result in you threatening and endangering your entire well-being. Stress doesn’t only destabilize your emotional equilibrium; it also wreaks havoc on your physical health and narrows the ability to think clearly, function efficiently, and enjoy life.
But effective and properly implemented stress management strategies, on the other hand, grants a healthier, happier, and more productive life. One that balances your life with time for work, relationships, relaxation, fun, and many other things.
And you still get to be the ideal personality to confide in, in times of help and comfort. Yeah, considering the fact that you manage stress (which is a normal occurrence) so perfectly well. Then, surely, you’d be the right candidate to ‘look up to’ and live after.
As a result, you ultimately and automatically become a motivator – as people would look at you and admire how well you handle and deal with stress – and therefore become motivated to do same and even greater.
This is ‘Encourage NOT Discourage’ making you that ideal personality.
However, before we get to ‘ways of dealing with stress’ or ‘ways to cope with stress’, you’d need a drive to do so. Thereby, let’s look further into the symptoms and effects of stress.
What are the symptoms of stress?
Stress can have extensive ranging effects on emotions, mood and behavior. However, before the effect surfaces, there are signs and symptoms of stress evident to determine the classes or types of stress. These symptoms act as ‘signals of alert’ that send warning of the approaching enemy (Stress) and its minions (the negative effects of stress).
As a result, when these are spotted, one must fortify himself and equip himself with weaponry to stand firm and untouched against the attacks of the vicious enemy. But how do you learn of these stress symptoms if no one teaches of them and how can it be taught if no one is made available to teach.
My friends, count yourself blessed today – I’d be your teacher.
Here are symptoms to look out for:
- Frequent headaches, jaw clenching or paino
- Gritting, grinding teeth
- Stuttering or stammering
- Tremors, trembling of lips, hands
- Neck ache, back pain, muscle spasms
- Light headedness, faintness, dizziness
- Ringing, buzzing or “popping sounds
- Frequent blushing, sweating
- Cold or sweaty hands, feet
- Dry mouth, problems swallowing
- Frequent colds, infections, herpes sores
- Rashes, itching, hives, “goose bumps”
- Unexplained or frequent “allergy” attacks
- Heartburn, stomach pain, nausea
- Excess belching, flatulence
- Constipation, diarrhea, loss of control
- Difficulty breathing, frequent sighing
- Sudden attacks of life threatening panic
- Chest pain, palpitations, rapid pulse
- Frequent urination
- Diminished sexual desire or performance
- Excess anxiety, worry, guilt, nervousness
- Increased anger, frustration, hostility
- Depression, frequent or wild mood swings
- Increased or decreased appetite
- Insomnia, nightmares, disturbing dreams
- Difficulty concentrating, racing thoughts
- Trouble learning new information
- Forgetfulness, disorganization, confusion
- Difficulty in making decisions
- Feeling overloaded or overwhelmed
- Frequent crying spells or suicidal thoughts
- Feelings of loneliness or worthlessness
- Little interest in appearance, punctuality
- Nervous habits, fidgeting, feet tapping
- Increased frustration, irritability, edginess
- Overreaction to petty annoyances
- Increased number of minor accidents
- Obsessive or compulsive behavior
- Reduced work efficiency or productivity
What are the effects of stress?
These comes in three parts:
- Psychological (mental & emotional) effects of Stress
- Behavioral effects of Stress
- Physical (body) effects of Stress
Possible effects of stress on your body:
- A tendency to sweat
- Back pain
- Chest pain
- Cramps or muscle spasms
- Erectile dysfunction
- Fainting spells
- Heart disease
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
Possible effects of stress on your thoughts and emotions:
- Feeling of insecurity
Possible effects of stress on your behavior:
- Eating too much
- Eating too little
- Food cravings
- Sudden angry outbursts
- Drug abuse
- Alcohol abuse
- Social withdrawal
- Frequent crying
- Relationship problems
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