Stress: How It Effects Us
The effects of stress are heard about pretty much every day. We hear about stress related illnesses which range from high blood pressure to heart attacks. Stress, as we established last time, isn’t all bad and comes in different forms. Understanding the impact it has on us personally as in what symptoms we display, goes a long way towards helping us understand why it’s important to be aware and maintain balance. Most importantly, knowing what untreated stress can lead to spurs us on to take action.
Stress often starts out helping us. It gives us the boost we need to perform. We have a deadline to meet so we’re pumped, quite literally. Our body releases adrenaline and cortisol to enable us to perform under this pressure or whatever it is. There are a number of other physiological responses which I would like to make you aware of so have a watch of the video below.
Now, these physiological responses are absolutely fine if they happen periodically. Our problems start when this happens too frequently and or worse constantly. For some, the pressure is always there because if it’s not the work deadline, it’s an argument with our partner, or the sick kids, worries about finances or fear of losing our job or a contract. This is when stress can become dangerous. In these times, through recognising our physical responses to feeling stressed, we can take steps to help limit the impact stress has on. We can allow ourselves to switch off and recover from the stress. This is something I have really had to focus on since my awareness was enhanced.
I’ve always suffered from tension in my back, neck and shoulders and I now realise that’s my stress symptom as is swollen glands. These are a sign that I’ve let things get out of hand, and I’m not switching off properly or even at all. You can be stressed in your sleep, and I know!!! Here are some symptoms of stress;
A flushed face, shaking/trembling, knots in your stomach, shorter breathing that’s high in your chest, sweaty palms, feeling nauseous, speaking fast, insomnia, headaches, low energy, tense muscles, loss of sexual desire, frequent colds or infections and irritability.
The list could go on. I’ve just named some of the more common symptoms. It’s important to identify what your stress symptoms are so you can take the steps to relieve the stress. If stress persists then the effects can include; heart disease, high blood pressure which can increase the risk of stroke or heart attacks, obesity, diabetes, anxiety, depression, skin conditions, asthma, even arthritis.
Stress doesn’t have to be a killer or debilitating. It depends on whether and how you deal with it. So don’t ignore it. Start managing your stress today. It’s good to have an idea about how you’re managing stress. However, it’s better to have clarity about it. Find out whether you have a healthy stress recovery balance. Get in touch if you’d like some help with that.
Next week, we’ll look at how we can relieve stress.
Until then take care.