In this quick article, you will learn the many different ways your body could be sending you messages that you are stressed. In learning this information, our hope is that you can use this information to look at the stress in your life.
Stress, what causes it?
Is it juggling the household bills?
Is it something in your workplace?
Is it too many balls up in the air at once?
Is it the struggles in your relationship?
Is it the rush of packing lunches, getting breakfast, getting everyone dressed and out the door for school?
The list of causes could go on but the truth is it can be any, all or more of these kinds of things. And stress can be different for every person. It’s probably fair to say that just about every adult, particularly those who are parents, have suffered stress at some point in the last 10 years. Sometimes stress even just becomes a way of life and we don’t even recognise we are stressed anymore. Until one day, something happens and Snap! your body starts to give in. That’s the power of stress – it can cause your body to give in.
Here’s some of the places where stress hides in your body. The reason I say hides is because these outward signs are our body trying to tell us something. That something is quite often about our stress levels.
In your head
- The quality of your sleep. Some people can’t sleep, others just want to sleep.
- Headaches, dizziness
- Loss of some or all of your hair
- Anxiety, depression, nervousness
- Anger, irritability
- ADD/ADHD behaviours
- Mouth Ulcers, mouth dryness
- Grinding of your teeth, jaw tension
- The quality of your eating. Some people eat too little, some people will eat too much, most people won’t eat what their body really needs.
In your Heart
- Increased heart rate
- Heart Disease
In your Muscles
- Muscle tension
- Spasms of muscles, particularly shoulders, neck and lower back
In your Digestive System
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Stomach and duodenal ulcers
- Upset stomach, abdominal pains
In your Reproductive Organs
- Decreased fertility and sometimes infertility
- Decreased sex drive
- Menstruation problems
- Vaginal infections
- Premature ejaculation, impotence
Do you have any of these symptoms? Would you say you get them frequently (at least once a week?). If so, it could be that Stress is The Root Cause of these symptoms and you may want to have a think about your stress levels, what’s causing them and how you could respond to them better.sources:
Heart Math http://www.heartmath.com/infographics/how-stress-effects-the-body.html Helpguide.org http://www.helpguide.org/mental/stress_signs.htm The American Institute of Stress http://www.stress.org/stress-effects/