What Are Some of the Effects of Stress?

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The Effects of Stress. We have established that it is important to understand what stress is and how it works as a means of beginning to deal with this problem. Now let's look at some ways in which our health can be compromised?.

Stress can effect not only our body but also our thoughts and feelings as well as our behavior. Mayo Clinic published a chart that we really liked. We will present it here without alteration.

Effects of Stress on Your Body.

  • Headache
  • Back Pain
  • Chest pain
  • Heart Disease
  • Heart Palpitations
  • Decreased Immunity
  • Stomach Upset
  • Sleep Problems

On Your Thoughts and Feelings.

  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Worrying
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Sadness
  • Anger
  • Feeling Insecure
  • Lack of Focus
  • Burnout
  • Forgetfulness

On Your Behavior.

  • Overeating
  • Under eating
  • Angry Outbursts
  • Drug or Alcohol Abuse
  • Increased Smoking
  • Social Withdrawal
  • Crying Spells
  • Relationship Conflicts

This Mayo Clinic list is by no means exhaustive. Other things which Dr. Merrill says that he has noticed in his office include:

  • Poor Judgment
  • A General Negative Outlook
  • Moodiness
  • Agitation
  • Feeling Lonely and Isolated
  • Aches and Pains in almost any area of the body
  • Diarrhea or Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Sleeping too Much or too Little
  • Procrastination or Neglect of Responsibilities
  • Other Nervous Habits such as Nail Biting or Pacing

The bottom line is that stress can lead to almost any problem physically, mentally, and socially. When we notice any of these behaviors in ourselves it is important that we take action and do something about it.

I have a sister who developed Crohns Disease because of extreme stress in her marriage. She has suffered much because of this crippling and painful disease. My daughter, Jenny, gets a rash on her extremities when under a lot of stress. I personally, as well as several friends, developed shingles because of stress. It's an ugly thing, stress is.

We have talked about natural stress relief,  the definition of stress  and the effects of stress.

Now lets spend a little while talking about ways of reducing our stress. There are still lots more ways. And lets not forget simple things such as:

Realizing that we can overcome stress naturally - without the help of prescription drugs, destructive habits, or other things that only temporarily mask the problem - gives us freedom. It provides escape.

Escape is defined as:

  1. The ability to get free from a dangerous situation.
  2. To leave everyday stresses behind and take a well-deserved vacation.
  3. It means to depart, emancipate, release.

We can do this.

Remember these inspiring words:

"I don't run away from a challenge because I am afraid. Instead, I run toward it because the only way to escape fear is to trample it beneath your feet." - Nadia Comaneci.

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