Chronic Stress Symptoms - What They Are And How To Avoid Them

It's important to know what chronic stress symptoms are and recognize when your stress levels are out of control. Stress has a way of sneaking up on you. You feel a little pressure or anxiety and you keep on keeping on. Somewhere along the way that state of being starts to feel normal.

You may not even be aware of how much effect stress is having on you. But affecting you it is. And those signs of stress overload that you're ignoring? They're warning bells signaling you're on dangerous ground.

Your body, thoughts, emotions and behaviors can be effected. So can your ability to function well at work and relate to others.

We all have our own way of reacting to life and stress symptoms vary from woman to woman. It's important to identify what symptoms of stress you are experiencing and their cause. Only then can you begin to change course.

What Are Your Emotional Chronic Stress Symptoms?

When acute stress occurs, like the death of a loved one, the stressor and our reactions to it are easy to spot.

Chronic stress builds gradually. We don't always recognize it's cause or our various responses to it.

If you are emotionally on overload you may feel...

  • Irritated
  • Anxious
  • Agitated
  • Depressed or generally unhappy
  • Guilty
  • Negative about life
  • Overwhelmed
  • Hopeless
  • Resentful
  • Powerless
  • Moody
  • Lonely or isolated

The more of these you are experiencing and the longer they last, the more stress is affecting you.

How Is Your Mind Effected By Stress?

The way you think and process the world around you can also be affected by chronic stress. With ongoing stress you may...

  • Lose your sense of humor
  • Constantly worry
  • Have difficulty concentrating and learning new things
  • Find it difficult to make decisions
  • Become forgetful
  • Experience racing thoughts and have trouble quieting your mind
  • Feel as if you are in a fog

The more of these you suffer from, the harder it is to operate in both your personal and work life.

What Chronic Stress Symptoms Is Your Body Experiencing?

When stressors don't let up your muscles stay tensed in respsonse. Your body cannot function optimally in this condition and begins to break down. This can lead to...

  • Headaches
  • Neck and/or back pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Altered digestion (constipation, upset stomach and/or diarrhea)
  • Jaw pain from grinding or clenching your teeth
  • An exacerbation of any diseases or physical conditions you may already have
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Chest pain and/or heart palpitations
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Frequent colds
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Elevated blood sugar levels
  • Raised cholesterol levels
  • Sweating more that usual

This list is not all inclusive.

Chronic stress symptoms can mimic symptoms of many other medical problems. See your physician for an evaluation if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.

How Are Your Behaviors Effected By Chronic Stress Symptoms?

When stress reaches the level of overload we begin to make poor decisions. You may...

  • Overeat, give into cravings more often or be unable to eat
  • Increase the amount you smoke or begin to smoke
  • Spend more money/make impulse purchases
  • Increase your alcohol consumption or begin to drink
  • Use recreational drugs or misuse prescription drugs
  • Sleep too much or too little
  • Isolate yourself from friends and family
  • Bite your nails
  • Neglect your usual responsibilities
  • Exercise less than usual or not at all

Doing any or all of these compounds the impact chronic stress has on your health and life.

How Do You Get Your Stress Level Under Control?

First find out what's causing your stress. Does your home life, work or financial situation play a part?

Once you know what's causing your chronic stress symptoms, eliminate or avoid the situations that you realistically can. Then learn to react differently to those you can't change.

There are many ways to relieve stress. Just as your reactions to stress are unique to you, so are the things that help decrease your stress level.

Experiment and find what works for you and be sure to take time for fun.


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