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Stress Really Kills Part 2

Stress can lead to premature death.

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Stress is something we all come by at times, it doesn’t matter what day it is or it doesn’t matter what time it is, stress comes by. Sometimes it can be something so simple like being late for work.

Things so simple, could stress you out. A stressor is anything that disturbs homeostasis. It could be social or physical.

Emotional stress, the kind of stress that stays around for months are even weeks, can in fact weaken your immune system and cause high blood pressure, fatigue, depression, anxiety and even heart disease, you wouldn’t believe the half that stress does. Yes, stress is a normal part of life. Many incidents that happen to you or around you– and many things that you do to yourself– puts stress on your body, you can come up against good or bad shapes of stress from your house hold or environment, your thoughts, and your body.

There’s the accumulated stresses of everyday life, not enough sleep, long travels, raising kids, and not enough sleep nor exercise. Those stresses of everyday like a get you. It can damage your health in irreparable ways– from heart problems, from early aging, and it could end up to long term disability. Being stressed out causes most people to make even more mistakes.

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Besides sitting your keys one place, and thinking they are another place, stress can have a negative impact on your health. Being stressed makes it very difficult to control your emotions. It’s definitely no secret that stress can fall from the sky. Stress can bring on diseases, some are more subject to certain diseases and chronic stress can give these conditions the big green light. Did you know that stress can be linked to illnesses that include cancer, lung disease, fatal accidents, suicide, and cirrhosis of the live?

Stress can even affect your love life. Sex is a pleasurable and effective way to relieve stressful moments. But stress can take you out the mood real quick. You’ll have no desire of it.

Have you ever just stopped and thought about all the stress in your life? Your reactions to stress can make you very sick, and even shorten your life.

Many of us have learned to except stress as normal part of our lives. But ongoing stress, chronic stress, isn’t healthy at all.

You may notice some symptoms of stress while disciplining your kids, busy busy times at work, while managing your finances, or coping with a stressful relationship. Stress is everywhere. And while a little stress is OK— Some stress is actually advantageous. Too much stress can wear you down, and make you sick, both mentally and physically.

Know the symptoms of stress. But recognizing stress symptoms can be difficult than you think. Majority of us are so used to being stressed we often don’t know that we’re stressing, until we’re at our breaking point.

What Is Stress?

Stress is your body’s reaction to harmful situations— whether they’re real or identified. When you feel threatened, a chemical reaction occurs in your body that allows you to act in a way to prevent injury. This reaction is known as “fight-or-flight,” or the stress response.

During the stress response, your heart rate increases, than your breathing quickens, muscles tightens, and than your blood pressure rises. You’re ready to act. But it’s how you protect yourself.

Stress means different things to different people. The one thing that might stress you out, may not stress, or bother another person as much. Some may be able to handle stress better more than others. And not all stress is bad. In small quantities, stress can help you accomplish duties and prevent you from getting hurt. For example, stress is what gets you to stomp on the breaks, when you didn’t see that car ahead of you. Which is a good thing.

All of our bodies are designed to handle small quantities of stress. But we aren’t qualified to handle long-term, chronic stress, without ill consequences. But because people handle stress differently, symptoms of stress can vary. Symptoms can be inexact and may be the same as those caused by medical conditions. That’s why it is important to discuss everything with your doctor. Stress can affect all aspects of your life, including your emotions, behavior, your thinking ability, and your physical health. No part of the human body is immune.

Emotional symptoms from stress may include:

  • Being easily agitated, frustrated, and moody
  • Feeling overwhelmed, feeling like you’re losing control, or need to take control
  • Having problems relaxing, or quieting your mind
  • Feeling bad about yourself(low self-esteem) lonely, worthless, depressed
  • Avoiding others

Physical symptoms from stress includes:

  • Low energy
  • Headaches
  • Upset stomach, including diarrhea, constipation, and nausea
  • Aches, pains, tense muscles
  • Chest pain, rapid heart beat
  • Insomnia
  • Frequent infections, and colds
  • Loss of sexual desire and/or ability
  • Nervousness and shaking, ringing in the ear, cold or sweaty hands and feet
  • Dry mouth, difficulty swallowing

Cognitive symptoms of stress include:

  • Constant worrying
  • Racing thoughts
  • Forgetfulness, and disorganization
  • Inability to focus
  • Poor judgment
  • Seeing only the negative side of things, being pessimistic

Behavioral symptoms of stress include:

  • Changes in your appetite— either not eating or eating to much
  • Procrastinating and avoiding responsibilities
  • Increased drug use alcohol, or cigarettes
  • Exhibiting more nervous behaviors such as nail biting, fidgeting, and pacing

What Are The Consequences Of Long- Term Stress?

A little stress every now and than isn’t something to be concerned about. Ongoing, chronic stress, however, can cause or exacerbate many serious health problems including:

  • Mental Health problems, such as depression, anxiety, and personality disorders
  • Heart disease, high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythm, heart attacks, and even a stroke
  • Obesity, and other eating disorders
  • Menstrual problems
  • Skin and hair problems, such as acne, eczema, permanent hair loss, and psoriasis.
  • Gastrointestinal problems such as Gerd, irritable colon, gastritis, and ulcerative colitis

There is help available for stress

Honestly, stress is apart of life. What matters the most is how you handle stress. The best thing you can do to prevent stress overloads and health consequences that comes with it is to know your stress symptoms.

If you, or even a love one is feeling overwhelmed by stress, talk to someone, talk to your doctor. Symptoms of stress can also be a sign of other health problems. Talking to your doctor able it, your doctor can evaluate your symptoms and rule out other conditions. If stress is really to blame, your doctor can recommend, or refer you to a therapist, or a counselor to help you better handle your stress.

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There are resources for stress management.

It is very important to know your limit when dealing with stress, because of the widespread damages stress can cause. Factors that impact your stress tolerance level is having a strong support system. A strong system of supported family members and friends is an enormous cushion against stress. When you have friends and family that you can count on, life’s pressurize don’t seem so overwhelming, or as overwhelming. On the other hand, the more isolated you are, the lonelier, the greater your risk of capitulating to stress. Your sense of control, if you believe that you have little control over life– that you’re at the pity of your territory and circumstances–stress is more likely to knock you right off course, but if you have confidence in yourself and your ability to impact eventuality and persist through challenges, it’s easier to take stress in march.

You can’t completely eliminate stress from your life, but you can in fact, control how it effects you. Learn to relax. Relaxation techniques like yoga, meditation, and deep breathing activates the body’s relaxation response, a state of restfulness that is the polar opposite of the stress response. If you practice them regularly, these techniques can help reduce your everyday stress levels and can even boost feelings of joy. They also increase your ability to stay calm and collected under challenges, pressures.

Make sure to always get enough rest, enough sleep, because feeling tired can increase stress by causing you to think irrationally. Now, at the same time, chronic stress can disrupt your sleep. Whether you’re having problems staying asleep at night, or having trouble falling asleep at night, there are plenty of ways to improve your sleep so you feel less stressed and more productive and emotionally balanced.

Stress is hard to pass up because it’s apart of life. But managing your stressful moments, stress impacts, will save your life, and that’s a fact. Stress really kills, stress is a silent killer. It’s best to not even sweat the small stuff, because your life, and your health, is more important.

So if you’re dealing with chronic stress, talk to your doctor, stop it, control it, and let go of it.

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