Stress. An aspect of our lives, but are you dealing with it everyday? If you are, you may be experiencing symptoms caused by stress and not know it. When stressed, your muscles tense up and guard you from pain and injury, so continual stress keeps your muscles in a constant tense state*, which may cause the following symptoms.
Ways Stress Affects Your Body**
- Muscle tension or pain
- Chest pain
- Change in sex drive
- Stomach upset
- Sleep problems
Ways Stress Affects Your Mood**
- Lack of motivation or focus
- Feeling over whelmed
- Irritability or anger
- Sadness or depression
Ways Stress Affects Your Behavior**
- Overeating or undereating
- Angry outbursts
- Drug or alcohol abuse
- Tobacco use
- Social withdrawal
- Exercising less often
Are you experiencing any of the items above? “Seventy-five percent to 90% of all doctor’s visits are for stress-related ailments and complaints.”*** If you are, it is time to think about stress-management.
One way to help decrease stress is regular physical activity like walking, exercise, gardening, etc. Relaxation techniques like meditation, yoga, Qigong, warm bath/shower, etc. may also help reduce your stress level. If these suggestions don’t help reduce your stress symptoms, see your doctor to help you find a stress-management/coping skills professional.
“Taking a Look at Stress & Anxiety” class at Seeds of Wellness: Join Donna Bretz on October 9, 2018, as she explores the good and bad stressors in our lives and shares tools to help relieve these feelings.
Donna worked at the Department of Jobs & Family Services for 30 years and found ways to cope with all the negative things about the environment and job. She will share this information with you during this workshop. Go to our Events & Services web page to learn more.
*”Stress Effects on the Body” by American Psychological Association
**”Stress Symptoms: Effects on Your Body and Behavior” by Mayo Clinic
***”The Effects of Stress on Your Body” by WebMD