Stress is simply a reaction to a stimulus that disturbs our physical or mental equilibrium. In other words, it's an omnipresent part of life. A stressful event can trigger the “fight-or-flight” response, causing hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol to surge through the body.
Stress symptoms may be affecting your health, even though you might not realize it. You may think illness is to blame for that nagging headache, your frequent insomnia or your decreased productivity at work. But stress may actually be the culprit.
Common effects of stress
Indeed, stress symptoms can affect your body, your thoughts and feelings, and your behavior. Being able to recognize common stress symptoms can give you a jump on managing them. Stress that's left unchecked can contribute to many health problems, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity and diabetes.
Common effects of stress on your body are headache, muscle tension or pain, chest pain, fatigue, change in sex drive, stomach upset, sleep problems
Common effects of stress on your mood are anxiety, restlessness, lack of motivation or focus, feeling overwhelmed, irritability or anger, sadness or depression
Common effects of stress on your behavior are overeating or under-eating, angry outbursts, drug or alcohol abuse, tobacco use, social withdrawal, exercising less often
If you have stress symptoms, taking steps to manage your stress can have numerous health benefits. Explore stress management strategies, such as:
- Regular physical activity
- Relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, meditation, yoga, tai chi or getting a massage
- Keeping a sense of humor
- Socializing with family and friends
- Setting aside time for hobbies, such as reading a book or listening to music
Aim to find active ways to manage your stress. Inactive ways you may use to manage stress — such as watching television, surfing the Internet or playing video games — may seem relaxing, but they may increase your stress over the long term.
And be sure to get plenty of sleep and eat a healthy, balanced diet. Avoid tobacco use, excess caffeine and alcohol intake, and the use of illicit substances.
Ref: Mayo Clinic
Most common causes of stress:
We all react differently to stressful situations. What one person finds stressful another may not at all. Almost anything can cause stress and it has different triggers.
The most common causes of stress are: Bereavement, family problems, financial matters, Illness, Job issues, lack of time, moving home, and relationships (including divorce).
Some other common causes can be related to becoming a mother or a father, driving in bad traffic, fear of crime, noisy neighbors, overcrowding, retirement, uncertainty (awaiting laboratory test results, academic exam results, job interview results, etc)
It is possible that a person feels stressed and no clear cause is identified. A feeling of frustration, anxiety and depression can make some people feel stressed more easily than others.
Supplements that can help are those that can address the following issues related to stress;
Lack of sleep, frequent headaches, rage and anger, and Fatigue are
Magnesium, Melatonin, Valerian root for sleep, A combination of Vitamin B-6, Curcumin and Omega 3 for pain, L-Theanine, Phosphatidyl serine ad L-Taurine for calmness, Rhodiola Rosea and Ashwagandha for fatigue.
Many experts recommend a high strength vitamin B-complex to address stress also.
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