Warning Signs for Stress

CIMG5854It is normal to be stressed here and there. Unfortunately, stress is on occasion a (usually uninvited) guest http://www.ohnerezeptpotenzmittel.com/ in our lives. This is ok when it goes away again after a while. It becomes a problem when you no longer notice that stress has become a permanent roommate.

Bodily Symptoms

The body translates what’s going on on the inside to the outside and sends us signals in the hopes that we will notice them and make a change:

  • Muscle tension, back pain
  • Grinding your teeth
  • Holding your breath
  • Heart palpitations, tremors, high blood pressure
  • Problems concentrating
  • Stomach cramps
  • Eating disorders, insomnia, sleeping problems
  • Exhaustion/weakness

Emotional Symptoms

Feelings like helplessness and being overwhelmed are often caused by stress and show themselves in typical thoughts:

  • It’s all too much for me.
  • Everyone wants something from me.
  • I’m totally exhausted.
  • I don’t know how I’m supposed to accomplish this

Social Symptoms

When we are stressed, we reduce our openness to other people. We can’t take any more or enjoy our time with others. This shows itself in different ways:

  • Emotional distance – not letting people know what’s going on
  • Irritability – fast, often, much
  • Talking fast or not at all
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Uncontrolled eating behaviors
  • Use of stimulants or drugs from caffiene to abuse of medications
  • Detachment – being unapproachable
  • Putting pressure on yourself or others.

If we can learn to notice these signals early, we can make the necessary changes and save ourselves from further damage.

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