What are some of the long-term physical, emotional and mental symptoms of stress?
Many people are not aware when they are under stress. Some are frequently under so much stress that they assume the feeling is normal. This is the case with people who are not aware of their emotional responses.
For these classes of people, it is often necessary to rely on the physical manifestation of stress. But there is no single symptom that can be used to identify stress. Some physical symptoms like high blood pressure or heart disease may be fatal while others like headache or insomnia are not fatal. And only with these is an entire plethora of emotional symptoms varying from general irritability to loss of libido.
The main physical symptoms of stress manifest when the body has been exposed to adrenalin over a long period of time. One of the ways adrenalin prepares the body for action is by diverting resources to the muscles from the area of the body, which carries out maintenance.
This means that if you are exposed to adrenalin for a sustained period, then your health may start to dolerite- showing the following signs; insomnia, aches and pains, headache, loss of appetite, digestive problems, etc.
Mental health and mental balance are key component in a healthy lifestyle. During stressful situation, the mind uses two much energy thinking about problems and solutions. For instance if you are going through a divorce, your mind will be busy thinking about the problems involved in the process and their consequences.
During this stress situation the mind can lose its natural balance and fall into a state of anxiety or even depression. Mental symptoms of stress and indeed mental health itself can be regulated through the use of meditation and relaxation technique.
The emotional effects of stress are easy to explain. When under pressure, some people are more likely to drink heavily or smoke, as a way of getting immediate chemical relief from stress.
Like physical signs, emotional symptoms such as anxiety or depression can mark conditions other than stress. It is important to find out whether they are stress-related or not. In either case, the following emotional symptoms are uncomfortable and can affect your performances at work or at play, your physical health, or your relationship with others.
Nervousness, anxiety, substance abuse, over reactions, lack of concentration and frustration are all results of stress. These anti-social behaviors, when displayed, can cause the rapid determination of relationship with friends, family, co-workers or even strangers.
And when these stress reactions persist for a long period of time and recur without warning after traumatic events and experiences such accidents, they may become post-traumatic stress disorders (PSTD), requiring professional assistance to overcome.
Don’t let your stress level get out of control. Everyone experiences stress, but not everyone gets to the state of allowing stress to take over their lives, albeit in the negative aspect. So, don’t allow this to happen to you.
Try as much as you can to reduce the way you stress yourself. When things become too difficult for you, do what Brian Tracy (the popular American motivational and business speaker) says to himself whenever he has too much to do- “All I can do is all I can do!”
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