Signs of Stress – an Unhealthy Condition

signs of stress

Signs Of Stress – What is it?

There are many signs of stress.  The term “stress” is a fairly recent one which was coined by Hans Selye, an Austrian-Canadian endocrinologist of Hungarian origin.  Dr. Selye defined stress as the body’s adaptation to change.  He noted that stress occurred whether the change was for good or bad.  He called negative stress “distress” and positive stress “eustress”, but for the purposes of its effect on the body, both types of stress have an affect on our health and well-being.

Stress is part of the human condition and helps us function.  For an example, if you are standing in the middle of the street and suddenly you hear and see a car moving at you very fast, stress will cause your endocrine system to supply the hormone adrenaline to your bloodstream and this will help you move to safety quicker.  After the danger passes the adrenaline subsides during a refractory period.  This is a normal physiological response. When there is insufficient time between the first call for the hormone and the next call, the body cannot return to its normal state and health suffers.

Who is susceptible to Stress?

Since stress is a normal physiological function everyone at every age is susceptible to having signs of stress.  A baby stresses when it overhears its parents arguing or when it feels hunger or thirst.  Children become over-stressed from peer pressure or from the demands of school work.  The demands of someone trying to juggle work and provide for family is often a source of stress.

How Do I Know If I Have Too Much Stress?

There are many signs that tell you when you need to manage your stress.  Here are some of them…

  • Sleeplessness
  • Anxiety over minor matters
  • Shortness of temper
  • Low energy
  • Headaches
  • Upset stomach (including diarrhoea, constipation, and nausea)
  • Aches and pains
  • Tension in the body
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Loss of sexual appetite or function
  • Frequent colds or infections

In addition to the physical signs listed above, stress often has a devastating effect on personal relationships.  These signs can also be indicators of a health condition.  Medical attention should be sought in that case.

What Can I Do To Relieve My Stress?

There are a couple of ways to manage stress.  The first is to allow for an extended refractory period so the body can go back to its normal levels.  This can be done by a relaxing vacation, or even scheduling time everyday for meditation or a period of “decompressing” or “unplugging” from any frenetic environment you are in.

Another way is Hypnosis.  Meditation and Hypnosis are ideally suited to relieving an over-stressed condition.  Conroe Life Changes uses guided imagery and your own imagination helps you to relax and allow your body to return to its normal state.  For a free strategy session call 936-567-5666

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